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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

How to Increase Hospital Workplace Safety with Custom Badge Buddies

Posted by Dan Ryan on Oct 7, 2016 11:30:00 AM

If you've been to a large medical facility recently, chances are you encountered Badge Buddies on your visit.

Even if you're not familiar with the term "Badge Buddies," you'd know one if you saw it: those large ID tags with bright colors and big letters hanging behind the ID badge of your nurse, x-ray technician or doctor.

Healthcare facilities of all kinds rely on Badge Buddies to provide clear, effective role recognition for their employees.

While some facilities issue Badge Buddies simply to make things easier on patients, others are required by law to ensure that employee job functions are easily identifiable, and Badge Buddies are just the most convenient solution.

Basically, Badge Buddies are known as being great for making a worker's title clear.

However, custom Badge Buddies can also be used for another purpose: to keep staff members informed of a facility's emergency codes and procedures.

Combine Badge Buddies and emergency codes for a safer facility

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Topics: healthcare regulations, facility safety, healthcare, badge buddies, hospital tips, emergency codes, custom badge buddies

What Do Cal/OSHA's Proposed Standards Mean for Healthcare Visitor Management?

Posted by Dan Ryan on Aug 15, 2016 12:20:00 PM

Let's be honest: the East Coast of the United States tends to think of itself as a leader and a trendsetter.

After all, the East Coast is at work before the West Coast even wakes up.

The East Coast has leading cities in areas like finance and fashion (New York City), education and healthcare (Boston) and government (Washington, D.C.).  

However, there's a state on the West Coast that tends to start plenty of trends that head from west to east.

A state that features influential hotbeds like Hollywood, Silicon Valley and the Bay Area: California.

Most people know California to be a trendsetter in areas like entertainment and technology. However, California also tends to be a bellwether state when it comes to laws, rules and regulations.

There's a common line of thinking in certain industries: if something passes in California, don't be surprised if it eventually starts to filter across the country.

This tends to be particularly true with healthcare, where rules and regulations that are put into place in California often get mimicked by other states across the country.

For that reason, it's always worth keeping an eye on what's going on out in the Golden State, and the latest developments are pretty big:

California is taking huge steps towards reducing healthcare workplace violence, and the rest of the country should be paying attention.

OSHA and California's unions are working together to increase safety

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Topics: WhosOnLocation, Visitor Management, PassagePoint, healthcare regulations, TEMPbadge VMS, healthcare, healthcare Visitor Management

3 Ways Badge Buddies Can Enhance Your Healthcare ID Program

Posted by Dan Ryan on Jul 22, 2016 3:00:00 PM

Modern healthcare facilities are busy places. 

Each facility has dozens of different staff members, from doctors and nurses to technicians and maintenance staff, on-site at any given time. 

It's no surprise, of course, that healthcare is one of the most heavily regulated industries when it comes to identification programs and visitor policies.

With that in mind, a post on how a hospital or clinic needs good ID cards would be preaching to the choir: if you're a healthcare facility with no identification program, chances are the government has already come calling for you.

Instead, we wanted to point out ways to make your ID program better: by using Badge Buddies!

Those in the healthcare industry are probably at least somewhat familiar with Badge Buddies, even if they aren't known by name. 

"Those things with the letters that go behind our ID badges," you say.

Yup! Those are them. And while Badge Buddies are perfect for simple, effective role recognition, they can also be used to do so much more.

How can Badge Buddies make your healthcare ID program better?

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Topics: ID cards, healthcare regulations, role recognition, healthcare, badge buddies

OSHA Healthcare Guidelines: What Do They Mean for Your Facility?

Posted by Dan Ryan on Apr 27, 2016 7:45:16 AM

The United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration, more commonly known as OSHA, was formed in 1970 to protect workers by helping to limit violence and death in the workplace. OSHA enacts a number of rules designed to ensure safety for all American workers, from factories to retail stores.

Healthcare is a particular area of focus for OSHA. By nature, healthcare facilities, including hospitals, nursing homes and private practices, present security difficulties: a large number of people come and go on a daily basis, patient stress can lead to frequent confrontations and staff members are so focused on patient care that security can be an afterthought.

However, statistics show OSHA is right to focus on healthcare. According to statistics obtained by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and National Crime Victimization Survey and listed in an April 2015 OSHA report, healthcare workers can have up to a 20% higher rate of workplace violence than all other workers. 

 Violence against healthcare workers cannot be accepted as "part of the job." In that report last April, OSHA laid out several updated guidelines on various steps facilities should be taking to help protect their employees. These guidelines include, but aren't limited to, programs designed to process and track guests.

What are the safety problems facing healthcare workers?

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Topics: WhosOnLocation, Visitor Management, PassagePoint, hospital security, healthcare regulations, TEMPbadge VMS, healthcare, OSHA

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