Medical care facilities provide one of the most vital services to a community. These facilities that include hospitals, nursing homes, medical clinics and doctors offices are facilities where both the patients and their families as well as the medical providers themselves deserve the best security and safety that technology can provide. Video surveillance and access control systems provide a valuable resource for these medical facilities since they can aid in securing the facility and allow the medical staff to focus on their patent’s needs. Controlling access hospitals and healthcare facilities for the security of personnel, patients, medical records as required under HEPA is not only important but many times required or mandated. Security of the drugs kept on hand as well as the expensive medical and diagnostics equipment is not only logical but save the facility thousands of dollars in losses and increased costs.
Security Camera Solutions in Health Care Facilities
- Security of Records – HEPA regulations require the security of all medical records and patient information which typically contains the most confidential and private information individuals will ever have. Many medical care facilities use video surveillance and/or access control on the areas where medical files are kept or filed to aid in keeping this information secure.
- Drug Theft – Video surveillance cameras and access control are commonly used in inventory and storage areas, especially where medical supplies and drugs are kept. Access control in particular can provide a verifiable audit trail of who had access to these areas which can deter and eliminating theft and unauthorized access.
- Video Monitoring – The network capabilities of video surveillance today makes the remote monitoring of a facility by management or an authorized third party. After hours video monitoring by a central station can provide medical providers the piece of mind knowing that their facility is protected 24 hours a day.
- Protect Elder Patients – Adult care facilities with limited budgets and therefore limited personnel, depend on surveillance cameras to monitor patients. Night-time monitoring of hallways alert workers in the event of a downed patient.
- Audio Monitoring – Surveillance cameras with audio at the central nursing station keeps management alert to procedure compliance.
- Cameras integrated with Access Control – Video security cameras help monitor patients whose mobility and activities must be limited. For example, in many senior care facilities, patients with Alzheimer’s disease often have difficulties remembering where they are, and left to their own devices, can wander around outside into dangerous situations, putting themselves in peril. Many facilities have restricted this through access control installing keypads on doors to special wings which contain special patients. However, the addition of CCTV cameras and video surveillance allows for greater scrutiny of patients, keeping them from hurting themselves by wandering off.