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

Posted by Dan Ryan on Sep 21, 2017 11:30:00 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

What Are Shielded Badge Holders and How Do They Work?

Posted by Dan Ryan on Sep 11, 2017 10:00:00 AM

If you've been browsing our site looking for a new ID card holder, chances are you've encountered the term "shielded badge holder" at some point. And unless you're as familiar with ID products as we are, you probably had a very basic (but valid) question:

"What the heck is a shielded badge holder?"

A shielded badge holder sounds like it could be one of several things:

  • Did it get that name by being the favorite ID badge holder of medieval knights?
  • Is it just another name for a non-flexible badge holder?
  • Maybe it's a soft badge holder coated in an outer shell, like a turtle...

In reality, shielded badge holders are none of the above. Instead, shielded badge holders serve as a pretty basic solution to a very modern problem.

What is a shielded badge holder?

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Topics: card accessories, modern security, data security, shielded badge holders, government ID cards, security tips, badge holders

3 Steps You Can Take to Increase Hospital Security

Posted by Dan Ryan on Sep 8, 2017 10:00:00 AM

When you see the headline, it feels like a bad case of déjà vu. Unfortunately, it's reality: violent incidents have put hospital security practices back in the news.

Last week, a psychiatric patient attempted to strangle a nurse at Montreal General hospital in Montreal, Quebec.

According to the Montreal Gazette, a 25-year-old patient attacked a nurse during the night shift, choking her with his bare hands and throwing her to the floor.

Thankfully, the attack was stopped by a staff member who, by chance, walked by the nurse's station, saw the commotion and stepped in.

The narratives that emerged after the incident were pretty familiar: the nurses and doctors blamed the administration for insufficient staffing, the administration blamed the security providers, the security providers blamed the administration.

Remarkably, that wasn't the only recent incident north of the border: a mental-health patient stabbed a fellow patient at an Ontario hospital back in late August.

There are similar themes in all of these incidents: budgets were cut and decisions were made without taking security into consideration.

Safety, not budget, should be the real bottom line

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Topics: Visitor Management, healthcare, healthcare Visitor Management

Pop Quiz: 3 Questions to Ask About Your School Security System

Posted by Dan Ryan on Aug 31, 2017 1:00:00 PM

Summer is slowly drawing to a close, and that means one thing: it's back-to-school time!

Many districts across the country have already resumed classes for the year, and the majority of those still on summer vacation will return to school after the upcoming Labor Day holiday.

Back-to-school season is a time to stock up on supplies, sharpen those pencils, set up lesson plans and ensure that facilities are ready to handle another year's worth of activity.

However, back-to-school season is also the perfect time to reflect on and assess the state of an essential part of school operations: your school security system.

For most schools, decisions on capital expenses (like a new security system) are made in the late spring. However, that doesn't mean that taking a closer look at a security system should be limited to those spring months.

Back-to-school time is a season of the new: new students, new teachers, new staff members, new policies. 

This "newness" is a great way to assess the systems and procedures you already have in place, and to determine if there are areas in which you need to make improvements.

Acing this quiz helps lead to a safer, more secure school

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

How Custom Lanyards Helped Put a Healthcare Facility's Strategic Plan Front & Center

Posted by Dan Ryan on Aug 24, 2017 8:00:00 AM

The administrators at Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences had a dilemma: they needed to roll out a new strategic plan to their staff, but wanted to do so in a fun, creative way.

Who knew that custom lanyards would be the answer?

Based in Whitby, Ontario Shores provides a variety of inpatient and outpatient mental health services to patients ranging from adolescents to seniors.

Part of Ontario Shores' mission is to provide kind, compassionate service to each of its patients.

That desire was a key part of the facility's drive to implement a new Strategic Plan, which would lay out a number of Strategic Directions to follow over the next five years.

Ontario Shores wanted to create unique, branded items that could be issued to staff members to help spread the new Strategic Directions.

The goal was to allow staff members to promote and embrace these new Strategic Directions in a fun way.

Ontario Shores had an idea, but wasn't sure how to make it reality.

Luckily, the facility was working with an ID manufacturer that has a wealth of experience creating custom solutions.

Taking the mission with you, from idea to implementation

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Topics: custom lanyards, custom products, case study

Lockdown/Lockout: The Feature a Modern Access Control & Security System Needs

Posted by Dan Ryan on Aug 18, 2017 1:00:00 PM

In the event of an emergency or some kind of intrusion, every second counts. It's frightening, but a few seconds here or there can be the difference between a close call and a tragedy.

During these emergencies, one of the easiest ways to minimize the amount of damage that occurs is to isolate the threat.

Isolating a thief, an active shooter or any other troublemaker helps prevent the threat from moving around or hiding, while also making it easier for an organization to direct first responders to a specific area.

Again, because seconds count, time spent running around locking or unlocking doors to seal off a room, wing or building puts people at risk, both from doors not getting locked in time or from potentially coming into contact with whatever the threat may be.

For these reasons, lockout/lockdown capabilities are an essential feature for a modern access control system.

The lockdown feature helps isolate threats and protect personnel

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Topics: access control, building access control, school safety, building security, access control software, access control for schools, lockdown

The Hospital Dilemma: Balancing Security & A Welcoming Atmosphere

Posted by Dan Ryan on Aug 11, 2017 1:00:00 PM

On the surface, it seems like the ultimate contradiction: you want to welcome guests and make it easy for them to visit while also having security measures, like a Visitor management system, in place that are strict enough to keep your facility safe.

It seems impossible, like you're asking to go swimming without getting wet. Some things simply don't go together.

This is the safety dilemma faced by many large organizations on a daily basis, but one industry finds this to be a particularly vexing problem: healthcare.

Running a successful hospital comes with a long list of requirements, among them two that directly clash: welcoming guests and patients while also keeping security tight.

As we've discussed before, hospitals are, unfortunately, fertile grounds for violent incidents.

Whether it's a disgruntled spouse, a former patient holding a grudge or a family member blaming a doctor for the death of a loved one, hospitals are filled with a powder keg of emotion on a daily basis.

With an environment that is so emotionally charged, it would make sense to strictly limit the number of people allowed on site; however, a facility that discourages guests is a facility that isn't going to have much success.

The solution is clear: hospitals must find the happy medium between security and easy visitor access.

But how?

Security and welcoming guests don't need to be mutually exclusive

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Topics: Visitor Management, healthcare, healthcare Visitor Management, building security, healthcare security

IDenticard & Allegion Discuss Access Control in "Tech Talks" [Video]

Posted by Dan Ryan on Aug 9, 2017 1:00:00 PM

When IDenticard® and Allegion® first got together, the reason for the partnership was clear: the two entities wanted to come together to continue to bring disruptive and innovative access control solutions to market.

While the two sides have worked together on many projects, the most recent and most robust collaboration involves IDenticard's PremiSys™ access control system and an integration with Allegion's Schlage® wireless locks with ENGAGE technology.

The integration brought flexible, easy-to-use wireless locks to PremiSys, and brought modern, feature-rich access control software to Allegion's locks.

The result has been a beneficial set-up for both organizations, and the two sides recently got together to discuss the partnership, trends in the access control industry and more.

We're ready for our close-up...

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Topics: tech tips, access control, access control for apartment buildings, wireless lock systems, wireless door locks, access control software, wireless locks

A Modern Threat: The Importance of Data and Server Rack Security for Military Bases

Posted by Dan Ryan on Aug 4, 2017 1:00:00 PM

Today's military and intelligence units have a tough task at hand as they face a sobering reality: traditional methods of protecting a country and its citizens are no longer good enough.

Gone are the days where the latest weaponry and a strong army was all that was needed to keep peace at home and discourage conflict abroad.

The modern age requires those charged with protecting a country's people and interests to be prepared to fight both traditional and cutting-edge threats.

It's ironic, actually: the most visible forms of military security, like fighter jets and tanks, are borderline useless when it comes to protecting the country against one of today's biggest threats: cyberattacks and data theft.

As the world has become more connected through the Internet, smartphones and other forms of modern technology, cyber defenses have become increasingly important.

A half-century ago, "hacking" as a concept didn't really pose a tremendous threat; today, a powerful hacker could potentially take down a country's electric grid, disable air defenses or even force an unauthorized weapons launch, all with some malicious code and a few key strokes.

It's clear: protecting computer infrastructure and data has never been more important.

In this day and age, cybersecurity is national security

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Topics: access control, Rack Armor, server security, data security, government access control, data center security

Why LogoClips Are the Perfect Way to Carry a Healthcare ID Badge [Image]

Posted by Dan Ryan on Aug 1, 2017 3:00:00 PM

It's no secret that the world of healthcare has its fair share of unique identification and security challenges.

From how to choose the right Visitor Management system to how to design that perfect employee badge for doctors or nurses, questions about healthcare ID and safety are plentiful.

However, there are also aspects of a healthcare ID program that move beyond mere questions and are instead essentials, namely a good ID card and a good way to carry and display that card.

In many parts of the country, patient-facing healthcare workers are required by law to wear an ID badge with their name and photo.

These policies exist for a number of reasons. ID badges foster a more friendly environment in the facility by allowing patients to know the name of the person who is providing care. They also bolster security by positively identifying authorized personnel, helping decrease the likelihood of impostors.

The fact that ID badges are a requirement means that, by relation, having a way to wear those ID badges becomes a de facto requirement as well.

With so many card-carrying options out there, is one option really that much better than another?

Yes, actually.

Customizable, convenient and easy

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Topics: healthcare, healthcare ID tips, logoclips, id card holders

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