New equipment technologies, new treatment methodologies, changes in diseases, and changes in the patient population base all impact the facilities that house them. Inpatient care is steadily being reduced while outpatient services are growing. There is increasing emphasis on special-care units and smaller satellite facilities rather than large, centralized facilities.
Access-control devices such as locks, entry devices and door alarms have evolved to meet the changing needs of healthcare facilities. In addition to securing sensitive areas such as specialty clinics and doctor’s offices, asset protection is a major concern for medical facilities. Prescription medications, medical supplies and other high-value items are potential targets for theft and need to be secured adequately.
While the overall demand is to keep a facility secure, other security demands are important as well. Complying with Health Insurance Portability and Accountability (HIPAA) requirements regarding the security of controlled substances, medications and pharmaceutical supplies is also critical.
Access-control systems for healthcare facilities often must function seamlessly in multi-department and campus environments. Controlling segmented specialties, such as cardiac, research, and therapy, is crucial because all departments have different needs and requirements. These same systems, however, must allow authorized staff to move freely and accommodate the many credentials needed by staff and volunteers.
Features of an Access Control Systems in Healthcare Facilities
Cloud-Based Keyless Entry: Reducing “touch points” is one key aspect of improving security systems using door-opening technologies through electronic access systems. Door readers can read a credential, authenticate the user and open the door automatically.
The system further allows healthcare centers to control access to “keys” and other high-value assets via tracking and reporting capabilities. The system generates reports that can be sent automatically to authorized recipients, providing a complete audit trail that can be used to validate compliance with regulations.