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What is HL7 & Why Is It Important for Healthcare Visitor Management?

Posted by Jennifer Pepmiller on Nov 18, 2019, 9:59:21 AM

Like most heavily regulated bodies, the healthcare industry is full of important acronyms.

Many of these acronyms are terms most people will be familiar with, like HIPAA, RN, CNA and HMO. Those are healthcare acronyms the majority of people have encountered at one point or another.

However, one of the more important healthcare acronyms is one that the average patient or hospital visitor has probably never heard before:

HL7.

If you're thinking "what the heck is that?", you're not alone.

Unless you work for a hospital in some sort of administrative, IT or security capacity, chances are you've never encountered the term.

However, HL7 is something that is key to nearly every healthcare facility, and plays a particularly important role in healthcare Visitor Management.

What is HL7?

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Topics: Visitor Management, PassagePoint, healthcare regulations, HL7, healthcare, healthcare Visitor Management

4 Ways a Visitor Management System Helps Secure Your School

Posted by Jennifer Pepmiller on Nov 18, 2019, 9:56:31 AM

Schools around the world continue to face both internal and external threats to the safety of students and staff. Unfortunately, the daily news seems to be filled with school security incidents, from intruders to violence.

With these threats in mind, school security has never been more important. For that reason, using a simple sign-in sheet is no longer sufficient for protecting school students and staff. 

Today's schools need comprehensive Visitor Management. In a school setting, Visitor Management refers to processing and monitoring visiting parents, volunteers, contractors, substitute teachers and other guests to ensure security at the school.

The end goal of a school Visitor Management system is clear: to keep students and staff safe at all times. So how will a Visitor Management system at your school achieve that goal?

We've compiled a list of four ways a Visitor Management system helps make your school a safer place.

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Topics: WhosOnLocation, Visitor Management, TEMPbadge, PassagePoint, school visitor management

The 3 Hidden Benefits of Having a Visitor Management System

Posted by Jennifer Pepmiller on Nov 18, 2019, 9:52:56 AM

The main goal of any Visitor Management system is, of course, to properly and effectively process and track guests.

The impetus behind this goal can vary from site to site, but one main, across-the-board reason is that organizations want to take steps to protect their people and premises, and restricting access to facilities is a huge part of achieving that goal.

When purchasing a Visitor Management system, then, it stands to reason that you know what you're getting: additional safety for your site and a way to better track who's on your premises.

Is that all?

Nope!

Like a cheesy, late-night infomercial, "but wait — there's more!"

Aside from giving your organization a better way to track who's on-site at any given time and ensuring that only welcome guests are able to access your facilities, having a Visitor Management system installed at your site provides a number of additional benefits.

From making a strong first impression to covering your back in case of issues down the line, installing a Visitor Management system will have a positive impact on your site far beyond just issuing badges.

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Topics: Visitor Management, healthcare Visitor Management

3 Reasons Why Visitor Management is Critical for Healthcare Facilities

Posted by Laurie Lefever on Aug 29, 2019, 1:06:32 PM

It's not a stretch to say that Visitor Management is extremely important for overall safety and security in healthcare facilities.

Consider the following:

  • 70% of victims who experienced trauma from workplace violence worked in healthcare and social assistance industry (CDC, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Occupational Violence)
  • There was a 50% increase in violence against healthcare staff in 2018 over the previous year (American Society of Health Care Engineering, 2018 Hospital Security Survey)
  • Private sector healthcare workers in in-patient facilities are 5X more likely to experience workplace violence-
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Topics: Visitor Management, hospital security, workplace violence, visitor badges, hospital visitor management, healthcare security

When It Comes to Hospital Visitor Management, Watch Lists Are Essential

Posted by Dan Ryan on Jan 31, 2019, 7:00:00 AM

One of the main goals of any hospital is to keep the people inside, whether they're staff, patients or visitors, safe from harm.

While this goal isn't limited to hospitals (factories, schools, office buildings and other sites all want to keep their personnel safe too), safety and security are taken particularly seriously at healthcare facilities

It may be because of the vulnerability of the people receiving treatment inside, or due to the desire to ensure that people wracked by anxiety over a loved one's condition don't have anything else to worry about.

Regardless of the specific impetus, hospital administrators and security staff spend countless hours reviewing Visitor Management procedures, fine-tuning security plans, monitoring video and training for particular incidents.

It's obvious, but a security director or hospital administrator would be able to sleep a lot more soundly if he or she knew the facility was doing everything it could to keep potential threats from ever accessing the building.

This, of course, seems obvious: if you keep nefarious characters outside, you drastically decrease the likelihood of those characters harming anyone at your facility.

The problem is that it's difficult to identify troublemakers before they come inside, right?

Wrong.

Watch lists serve as a first line of defense

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Topics: Visitor Management, PassagePoint, hospital security, healthcare Visitor Management, hospital visitor management, healthcare security, healthcare tips

4 Questions That Will Lead You to the Perfect Visitor Badges for Your Site

Posted by Dan Ryan on Jan 24, 2019, 11:30:00 AM

Visitor badges are one of the most popular forms of Visitor Management, up there in the Visitor Hall of Fame next to the plain ol' sign-in sheet and the "ALL GUESTS MUST SIGN IN" placard. 

Organizations of all kinds have been using visitor badges for decades, from classic "Hi! My name is..." badges to today's innovative expiring badges

It's not hard to see why visitor badges are so popular: they're easy to use, they're affordable and they get the job done, distinguishing between employees and guests to help increase security.

However, what's not immediately clear to organizations looking to purchase visitor badges for the first time is what kind of visitor badges to choose.

In fact, many organizations have no idea there are dozens of options out there when it comes to visitor badges.

"Options?" they think. "I don't know, just one of those sticky name things, I guess."

It's hard to blame people who aren't familiar with visitor badges for being unaware, as not everyone is as obsessed with visitor badges as we are at IDenticard.

Unfamiliar with our TEMPbadge® expiring visitor badges? Learn more!

But it's important for organizations looking to make a purchase, whether it's for school visitor badges or hospital visitor badges, to be aware of their options in order to make the best choice.

We've come up with a list of four questions you can ask yourself in order to zero in on the perfect visitor badge solution for your site, enabling you to secure your site without any headaches.

What do you need to ask yourself in order to make the right choice?

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Topics: Visitor Management, expiring visitor badges, school visitor management, office visitor management, visitor badges

Standard vs. Slotted: Which ID Card Format Is Best?

Posted by Dan Ryan on Jan 17, 2019, 5:00:00 AM

It's a seemingly small decision, but it's one that has a big impact on how you'll use, carry and display your ID card:

Slot or not?

You have plenty of decisions to make when it comes to designing and producing ID cards, like what to put on the cards and whether to print on one side or two.

Once that card is done, however, there's another decision you have to make: "How am I going to carry this thing?"

That's where the slot comes in.

Choosing between a slotted or slot-free ID card goes a long way towards determining how you're going to be using your ID credential

However, it's not quite as simple as "I want a slot, so I'm going to include one."

There are certain situations and materials that make a slot a good idea, and others that make slotted ID cards a bit less desirable.

Ask yourself some questions before putting a slot in your cards

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Topics: ID cards, employee ID cards, slot punch

What Areas of a Hospital Would Benefit from a Visitor Management System?

Posted by Dan Ryan on Jan 10, 2019, 8:00:00 AM

Take a second to picture a stereotypical Visitor Management installation. The kind of system doesn't really matter — it could be a software system, a log book or even just a package of expiring visitor badges on a desk.

Now...where in this imaginary facility is the installation located?

If you're like most people, you picture a Visitor Management system sitting in the lobby of a building, whether it's the ground floor of a multi-tenant office building or the entryway of a school.

Hospitals aren't much different: if you picture a hospital Visitor Management system in your mind, you're probably going to see it in the lobby.

It makes sense: hospitals are extremely busy places, oftentimes bordering on chaotic. This makes guest management key, and the first place that guests visit is usually the lobby.

However, many hospitals find putting Visitor Management systems in their main lobby to be an overwhelming task, as there are so many moving parts and factors to consider.

This can lead organizations to put off installing a Visitor Management system entirely, opting to postpone the expense and stress until they're better equipped to handle it.

But procrastination like this leaves a facility vulnerable and ignores a big detail that many hospitals overlook: there are several other "smaller" places where a hospital can effectively install a Visitor Management system.

Visitor Management doesn't need to be limited to the lobby

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Topics: Visitor Management, healthcare, healthcare Visitor Management, visitor management for maternity wards, emergency room visitor management

New PASS School Safety & Security Guidelines Prominently Feature Access Control, Visitor Management

Posted by Dan Ryan on Dec 13, 2018, 11:00:00 AM

The school safety and security landscape is constantly shifting. As new threats emerge, new technologies and procedures must emerge to combat those threats. As a result, guidelines and recommendations for how to best protect schools shift constantly as well.

One of the organizations that keeps a close eye on that shifting landscape is the Partner Alliance for Safe Schools, also known as PASS. PASS was established in 2014 in response to the alarming number of violent incidents taking place at schools around the United States.

While PASS does a variety of different projects designed to boost school safety and security, the organization has become known for the PASS School Safety & Security Guidelines, a robust document that offers tips for keeping students and staff safe from harm.

The latest guide from PASS was released last week and features nearly 200 best practices for everything from securing parking lots to choosing surveillance equipment.

Two concepts are heavily featured in the PASS guidelines: Access Control and Visitor Management.

Access Control, Visitor Management and the link to enhanced school safety  

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Topics: Visitor Management, access control, school visitor management, school safety, school security, access control for schools

3 Reasons Why Hospital Visitor Management is Essential for Today's Facilities

Posted by Dan Ryan on Dec 5, 2018, 12:00:00 PM

We've spent a lot of time in this blog talking about why Visitor Management is important for sites of all kinds.

While the specifics may vary depending on the industry, the basis of every Visitor Management system is the desire to keep a site and its personnel safe from harm.

This desire applies to all kinds of worksites, from hospitals to factories and everything in between.

However, it's not a stretch to say that Visitor Management is a little more important for overall safety and security in a few industries. Healthcare is one of those industries.

We recently discussed calls for increased safety at healthcare facilities and how a good Visitor Management system goes a long way toward achieving that goal of increased safety.

You may be wondering, "what makes healthcare so different? Isn't building safety basically the same everywhere?"

While it's true that there are common threads between site safety at all kinds of workplaces, there are unique aspects of healthcare facilities that make the need for hospital Visitor Management a little more pressing.

The unique safety challenges hospitals face

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Topics: Visitor Management, hospital security, guest safety, facility safety, healthcare, healthcare Visitor Management, hospital visitor management

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