The Importance of Centralized Security for Healthcare Providers

As a healthcare administrator, you have an ever-growing list of things to contend with – from increased workplace violence, and the protection of expensive medical equipment and precious medical supplies, to the security of controlled medications, and the safety of a plethora of private and sensitive patient and employee data.

Securing a healthcare facility is as complex as it is essential. As said, “Healthcare facilities are some of the trickiest buildings to secure properly.” We know that is what keeps you up at night.

Even as recently as fall 2020, NPR said “many healthcare facilities still lack proper controls and security systems needed to spot drug diversion,” the technical term for medical drug misuse.

In May 2023, MSSP Report discussed a recent Critical Insight report that analyzed breach data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and shows that the “number of data breaches affecting healthcare providers declined in the second half of 2022, but the number of individual records exposed by these breaches increased by 35 percent.”

Of course, your main priority as a healthcare administrator is meeting the needs of the patients coming to your facilities for help. You want patients to feel comfortable and confident they’ve come to the right place to seek care.

But protecting patients and staff – both their physical safety and the security of their private information – is vital to meeting that primary goal of being your community’s best possible healthcare provider.

That is why you must manage that long list of priorities above – to not only fulfill your facilities’ mission, but also to meet compliance requirements for HIPAA, JCAHO, OSHA, SOX, and a myriad of other government and industry standards.

So, how can you simplify your expanding job of securing the people, assets, and data with your organization’s facilities?

Cloud-based access control is changing how healthcare organizations are centralizing and securing their facilities. It’s allowing them to set a time schedule to automatically lock and unlock doors; to meet compliance requirements and conduct and pass audits more easily; to eliminate the time and expense necessary to rekey a facility when someone misplaces a key; and much more.

With cloud-based access control you can manage multiple sites from a single web interface and know you have more exact access records, plus data that can be shared across departments.

Thousands of healthcare providers across North America are using electronic and cloud-based access control to connect with their corporate identity access management (IAM) solution to link their physical and digital access environments and have a unified view of all access points in a single location.

They no longer need to cross-reference multiple systems, which can be as confusing as it is time-consuming.

At Brivo, we have been serving the healthcare industry for decades. We know IAM — inside and out.

Phoenix-based Adelante Healthcare is a certified community health center with nine locations in Arizona. Their passionate and experienced team members serve a diverse mix of patients.

A facilities and purchasing manager at Adelante says “The Brivo system makes my job easier and frees me up for other things. [….] It’s very easy to manage and we can focus our time on providing quality care to our patients.”

We look forward to helping you get a 360-degree view of your facilities and networks.

Find out more about how you can secure the care your organization provides to patients.