Published on 18 Mar 2016:

Healthcare organizations are under sheer pressure of meeting the most demanding security requirements placed on the healthcare industry in the form of implementation of Affordable Care Act (ACA), and HIPPA compliance. The Affordable Care Act mandates healthcare facilities and their security technologies to be highly integrated and able to provide quality of care and patient satisfaction to accommodate an increased flow of people into the system, along with requiring security technologies that comply with the legislation. Patients, medical records, and controlled substances need to be protected. Expensive equipment and other assets of the hospitals need to be secured. These challenges require a broad spectrum of security solutions, including real-time location systems, and in most of the cases integrated security systems.

Staff security has also cropped up as an important issue as the quality of security that staff is being offered has become one of the competing factors among the hospitals, especially in the scenario of nursing shortage. Also needed are patient wandering and infant abduction systems, to help staff track patients suffering from dementia and to protect newborn babies. Adoption of nurse call systems enables immediate communications between staff and patients and among facility co-workers. Access control, including biometric technology, helps maintain the integrity of record rooms, pharmacies, surgical suites and other areas demanding a degree of security.

Hospitals primarily need to adopt these security systems as they are large healthcare facilities with geographically large campus environments. Multi-building campuses in the hospitals are common, so controlling access to various areas is an important consideration and ongoing challenge. Emergency rooms pose to be a greater challenge as it is open to all, and violence can take place at any moment. Medicines have to be protected from theft, and physical systems are a factor in the legally required protection of patient records. Hence, electronic security systems need to be employed along with security manpower to help personnel be more effective. Moreover, in case of any mishap in the hospital, disaster preparedness is critical.

According to the latest market research report published by Meticulous Research®, The global hospital security systems market is valued at $5.27 billion in 2016, and poised to reach $10.83 billion by 2021, at an estimated CAGR of 15.5% from 2016 to 2021.

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