For hospitals and health systems seeking to renew or update their security infrastructure, there are three things to consider, according to Fawn Staerkel, director of strategic accounts at Johnson Controls and cited by Campus security magazine.
Over the next year, Ms. Staerkel said that many hospitals will focus on up-to-date video surveillance and physical access control.
Here are three key ideas to consider when updating security:
1. Discuss difficulties and objectives with a trusted advisor.: Ms. Staerkel suggests meeting with security professionals or experienced partners to navigate future plans. Hospitals should be transparent about development plans, downsizing or changes in services to be successful.
2. Evaluate the existing infrastructure of your facility: This is a key step when looking to update any type of infrastructure.
"The goal of any long-term goal should be to include the legacy systems that are in the facility, you should always consider leveraging existing investments whenever possible," Staerkel said. "We need to get a solid assessment of the technologies that are there, including brands, models, quantities and locations, Capture current software information, including software revision versions on all existing systems."
3. What do we need? When hospitals are evaluating access controls, it is also important to consider who needs access to what areas of the hospital. It is also crucial for hospitals and health systems to review HIPAA standards.
"We will often see hospital staff with a stack of access cards, especially when a staff member requires access to multiple facilities, minimize the number of cards that staff must use, and make sure the system is capable and designed to the integral needs of medical care, the system is key, "said Staerkel.
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