Increased Facility Security

Challenges

Increased Facility Security

  • Hospitals especially have a very high volume of staff, contractors and visitors with 24 x 7 entry and egress requirements, causing significant security challenges. Once they arrive on-site, their whereabouts may or may not be known.
  • Visually distinguishing doctors, nurses, staff, contractors, visitors and even patients from each other can be difficult, placing increased emphasis on electronic and physical security.
  • Where “restricted access” exists, it is generally based on job code or rank and not on qualifications or certifications required to access an area or the equipment/medications/supplies in a particular area (this could include meeting safety/education requirements, having authorization to controlled substances or being trained and certified, etc.).
  • There are significant regulatory and compliance challenges associated with physical security and access requirements. Such challenges involve issues such as patient privacy, access to patient records, governance of medications and controlled substances, access to certain areas of the facility and authorization to perform certain functions, among many others.

Solutions

  • “Smart” badges leveraging RFID technology for all who set foot in a hospital make it possible to uniquely and automatically identify individuals and associate them with their security and access privileges.
  • Status, qualifications, certifications and authorizations can be systematically associated with all individuals in the facility such that access is only granted to those qualified to perform work in or visit that part of the facility.
  • Patients, in particular, can be badged and tracked to greatly reduce “wandering” through automated alarms and alerts, and such that they can quickly be located if they do wander (especially critical with psychiatric, dementia, Alzheimer’s and elderly patients).
  • Cabinets, refrigeration units and freezers used for storage of expensive medications or controlled substances can be systematically associated with a limited number of individuals authorized to access them. Unauthorized attempts to access can be flagged and tracked.

Benefits

  • Increased safety for all concerned.
  • Improved regulatory, security and safety compliance
    • Improved access control to facilities or to areas within facilities
    • Verifiable actions and 24 x 7 data records to support compliance activities
    • Comprehensive program support across facilities, personnel and materials/assets
    • Documentation of who is or was where at any given point in time
  • Reduced liability (and potential litigation) due to inadequate processes and procedures.
  • Reduced Costs
    • Reduced “shrinkage” and loss of materials due to unauthorized access
    • Reduced loss and theft of capital equipment due to unauthorized personnel