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Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, security in our hospitals and local doctors’ offices has become more important and challenging than ever. During these difficult and unprecedented times, it is imperative that we find a balance between protecting your employees and patients, while maintaining a sense of calm and well-being.

The most common ways to find that balance are:

  • Controlling Hospital/Office Access

  • Utilizing Security Cameras Effectively

  • Implementing Remote Monitoring

Controlling Hospital/Office Access

Having access control allows you the ability to manage who gains access to your private establishment or restricted areas. Secured and monitored access is a key part of corporate security. Installing this type of equipment will ensure you have control over internal access, prevent unauthorized entry, and monitor your visitor traffic. Unfortunately, access control is extremely complicated for hospitals and other healthcare facilities due to their multiple entrances, the urgency of emergency department arrivals, as well as the need to allow and welcome visitors to the facility. Some hospitals and other medical offices have implemented after-hours visitor management procedures, which require all visitors arriving after normal business hours to check in and obtain a visitor pass. However, few have round-the-clock management programs for their visitors. Fortunately, there are several options to choose from when it comes to access control. Key fobs, biometric screenings, and intercom speaker systems are all great options that can be used at various access points throughout your establishment.

Utilizing Security Cameras Effectively

As a second line of defense, after wired or wireless access, security cameras are one of the best ways to monitor your staff and guests. This helps to minimize trespassing and facilitate loss prevention. They are also a great way to give both staff and patients peace of mind. Installing security cameras is vital in providing oversight to parking lots, document storage areas, pharmacies, cafeterias, gift shops and important patient areas. You will be allotted the luxury or know that if someone is seen in harms way, action can be taken prior to help’s arrival.

Implementing Remote Monitoring

One of the easiest and potentially cost effective ways to feel you are doing your due diligence is to use remote monitoring. It allows you complete site coverage and an ability to handle the possibility of multiple incidents at one time. When you hire an offsite-monitoring company you will know that your facility is being viewed 24/7 and will cause a reduction in false alarms. Even something like auto thefts or break-ins can be prevented.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO) upwards of 38% of healthcare workers will suffer physical violence at some point in their careers. Getting a local risk assessment can empower you make informed decisions on the right response and security measures that may help you keep a member of your team from becoming a part of that statistic.

If you like the ideas we’ve discussed today, give us a call and we can help you take the appropriate measures to protect your staff, equipment, and customers. Providing you with peace of mind.

Does a Security Assessment sound like the right solution for you? Contact HSI Security Today


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