THE CHALLENGE :
Healthcare facilities are often chaotic environments that face the continuous challenge of maintaining the security of restricted areas, while allowing staff and emergency personnel to carry out tasks and respond to situations as quickly and efficiently as possible. The increase of hospitalized patients and their associated visitors adds strain to medical and security personnel. It is essential that those with the correct clearance are able to access restricted or sterilized zones quickly, seamlessly and in many cases hands-free without compromising on security or safety.
In addition, it is paramount for hospitals to avoid the risks associated with misidentifying patients. When a physician enters a room, he or she needs to correctly identify the patient, and ensure that the correct examination or treatment is administered to each patient.
In the US alone, short-stay in hospitals, there were 129.8 million emergency room visits, 17.2 million of which resulted in hospital admissions, in 2010. This has added strain to overstretched staff and security personnel tasked with treating and protecting many people quickly. Mistakes can be made, risking the health/lives of patients and potentially resulting in costly legal proceedings for the hospital. Those with clearance must be able to access restricted or sterilized zones quickly and seamlessly, without compromising security or safety.
New healthcare technologies offer many innovative solutions. Embracing these solutions means that hospitals should pay closer attention to the cybersecurity of medical devices. Many opportunities exist to reduce vulnerabilities and improve equipment security.