Security technology can help to increase the protection of patient information and meet compliance regulatory rules. For instance, in a pharmacy can utilize access control to know exactly who is in the pharmacy and for how long. This control over this high risk area may prove very beneficial to the organization. This access control combined with reliable video surveillance, brings the accountability of the pharmacy to a new level giving video evidence that the persons accessing the area are indeed who their access control credentials say they are. Some healthcare organizations have begun to utilize a similar strategy to the mobile pharmaceutical units, utilizing new technologies to accomplish the increased accountability on the move.
An area of the hospital that presents a challenges is the emergency department. Well positioned semi-visible cameras will not only serve as a deterrent but also as an observation method to be leveraged by your on site security staff. This way, they may be able to identify a threat as it happens, which will allow them to engage the situation before it gets out of control. Complimenting the video surveillance with access control for the emergency department allows you to create safe zones between your staff and the visitors that are dealing with high emotional levels, which will help prevent situations before they have the change to occur.
Lastly, Labor and delivery is another highly sensitive area in hospitals. Many facilities may be using an infant abduction system, which is a huge step in the right direction. The combination of an infant abduction sytem with an access control system could bring a much more powerful security solution to the area, then any one system alone could provide. An alarm of the infant abduction system would initiate the access control system to put the entire floor into lock down and restrict moment out of the area.. This proactive method would decrease the chance of an abductor from evening making it off of the floor. To bring the solution even a step further the access control / infant abduction system can be combined with video surveillance to provide video evidence. Security cameras could be placed at the access and egress points would allow the L&D staff, along with the security staff see whenever someone tries badging into the area without proper access which could prevent a situation before it even happens.
S&T Solutions will begin to work with you during the assessment phase of your security program and work with you to design a program that fits your needs and budget. We will then install the necessary technology to help you accomplish this. Although we won't stop there, we will work with you to establish some communication and training that will be integral to creating the security culture to make your program complete. Give us a call for your free assessment today!