What we know about the new residential surveillance cameras in Florida
By the end of the month, the Florida Department of Health has been able to install a new set of surveillance cameras at more than 500 residential treatment facilities across the state, according to a news release from the department.
“We are very excited about the progress we have made in the installation of surveillance technology to assist with our residents’ treatment and to keep our community safe,” said Florida Department Health Commissioner Nancy Brown, in the release.
“We are committed to continuing to work with all Florida counties to provide the state with the most effective, cost-effective and effective solutions for protecting our residents.”
The new surveillance cameras were installed by the Florida Health Security System, a subsidiary of the Florida Hospital and Clinics Association, in conjunction with the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
The cameras can be used to track and count the number of patients entering and exiting residential treatment.
The system uses data from the cameras to monitor the occupancy of residential treatment buildings and to prevent the spread of germs in those areas, the release states.
A few months ago, the state of Florida announced that it was installing cameras in more than 5,000 residential treatment programs across the entire state, including a total of 4,000 at the Palm Beach County Health Department, according the news release.
The department will also install cameras at a few other locations around the state in the coming months, according Brown’s office.
In addition to the new surveillance equipment, the department will be upgrading the health care workers who are monitoring residential treatment workers and in-patient patients, as well as the health providers who provide those services.
In the coming weeks, the agency will be updating its website to display additional information about surveillance equipment and how to use it.