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4 Components of Effective Hospital Access Control Systems

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Hospitals have a lot going on and are often fast-paced environments even when there aren’t emergencies in progress. Even though certain parts of a hospital may be open to public access, various access control methods are still required throughout the hospital for comprehensive security. Here are a few components of effective hospital access control systems:

1. Flexible Installations and Configurations

Hospital access control is not standard across the whole facility, which means comprehensive coverage requires variety and flexibility in how components are installed and configured. Some doors may require simple types of access control readers while others may require multi-modal readers for multi-factor authentication.

There may also be escalating access within a specific area of the facility where some areas have open access while others are more restricted. Levels of access and the types of readers needed are some factors to consider in an access control system.

What is needed for a maternity ward will not be the same for a pharmacy or for the emergency department. No matter what the specifications and needs may be, an effective hospital access control system will need to have flexible components and installation options to meet them.

2. Seamless and Comprehensive Multi-Site Coverage

There are many reasons why hospitals need comprehensive security solutions and multi-site coverage is one of them. Multi-site coverage in healthcare facilities could describe the different needs for areas within a single hospital and could also refer to coverage across multiple buildings on a campus or even multiple campuses across different regions.

An effective hospital access control system will be able to provide seamless and comprehensive coverage across all of these situations. Efficient access for multiple buildings and across multiple locations is one of the benefits of enterprise access control systems that is essential for hospitals.

3. Integrations With Other Security Systems

Other essential components of effective hospital access control systems are integrations with other security systems for seamless and comprehensive security. Access control is often integrated with video surveillance solutions.

In healthcare facilities, access control may also be integrated with nurse call systems, infant protection systems, and more to effectively meet specific security needs. Seamless integrations provide real-time monitoring, enhance operations, improve response times, increase staff and patient safety, protect confidential patient data, manage inventory and assets, and often provide cost savings through improved efficiencies across the board.

4. Customizations For Specific Situations and Wards

In addition to integration with other systems, an effective access control system allows for customizability. In hospitals, access control systems may need to be customized to respond to specific situations or differences between specific wards.

In the context of infant protection and security, infant protection systems can be integrated with access control to further reduce the risk of infant abduction and other security threats. Additionally, customizations can be made for specific triggers related to locking down doors and elevators, sounding alarms, flashing lights, etc. within the ward to ensure effective and comprehensive security. These are some ways to enhance the infant protection system in your hospital.

Customizations like these can also translate well to other wards with specific needs and other applications, including standard hospital operations. If there are wards with patients prone to wandering, custom configurations can be made to access control systems to include wander management and prevention. You can ensure access to hazardous materials is limited to only those authorized to access or manage it.

Enhance Your Hospital’s Security With NEPPS

These are just a few components of effective hospital access control systems. When it comes to comprehensive healthcare security solutions, each facility will have unique and individual needs to be addressed and the right mix of security products and systems will vary.

Choosing the right security systems integrator makes a big difference in getting the systems, installations, and integrations your hospital needs. If you need to enhance or upgrade your hospital security, contact NEPPS at 1-800-736-1456.