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https://sm.asisonline.org/Pages/Access-Control-for-Healthcare-and-Nursing-Facilities.aspxAccess Control for Healthcare and Nursing FacilitiesGP0|#3795b40d-c591-4b06-959c-9e277b38585e;L0|#03795b40d-c591-4b06-959c-9e277b38585e|Security by Industry;GTSet|#8accba12-4830-47cd-9299-2b34a43444652018-04-19T04:00:00ZKim Loy<p>​Access control within the healthcare industry—particularly in hospitals and nursing homes—requires a unique approach, encompassing not only main entrance doors, but also internal entrances and exits based on location and access level. And more than that, these facilities must manage large quantities of data, making data management a critical component of a comprehensive security plan.  </p><p>Security managers can work to secure these components by seamlessly integrating systems together. For example, various doors and locks can be programmed to activate at specific times and rules can be applied based on time of day, shift changes, specific department access, and more. Healthcare facilities also look for the ability to control access remotely through mobile applications, confirm identity quickly and easily, and program varying levels of access for visitors, patients, doctors, and staff. These facilities also require oversight 24 hours a day, seven days a week, which can be a challenge for security directors. </p><p>Similarly, nursing homes require robust access control to protect patients and high-value assets, such as medical equipment and prescription medications, from internal and external theft. Additionally, some nursing home patients require more robust monitoring, meaning that access control points and video surveillance must work together to enable administrators to monitor incoming and outgoing patients, visitors, and staff. </p><p>Both kinds of facilities must be careful with sensitive materials, such as narcotics and sterile environments, that require added protection and protocols. Medical files and controlled substances must be protected by electronic access-controlled cabinet locks to provide hospitals and administrators with the required audit trail in case of a breach. </p><p>Video surveillance in nursing homes is a critical component of a comprehensive security solution. Its usefulness centers around operational efficiencies such as managing deliveries of important goods, monitoring food preparation, ensuring proper care of patients, and overseeing the constant flow of people coming in and out of a facility. Video also becomes important in the event of an incident for investigative purposes. </p><p><strong>Putting it All Together</strong></p><p>A large healthcare organization must take the safety and security of patients—and their personal information—seriously. Implementing a security management system (SMS) can integrate a facility's access control technologies, digital video, and alarm monitoring systems into a single, streamlined solution. </p><p>Going even further, in many large enterprise organizations, multiple databases can be incorporated into an SMS, including a human resources software program. The result is the ability to streamline data input with the push of a button. For example, when an employee is terminated, access is automatically revoked when an HR manager changes the person's employment from "active" to "inactive." This means the integration of data requires only a single update to control access across the campus. </p><p>The need for integration will continue to drive innovation in access control, not only for security systems, but also for human resources, directory software tools, and event management programs. Busy facilities and their administrators require the ability to grant permissions in a way that not only saves time and energy on manual input, but also makes changing permissions easy and efficient.  </p><p>Also important to a healthcare facility is the protection of personal information from prying eyes and hackers, which means access to records must be heavily protected. In many facilities, biometrics are being used—via iris or fingerprint scanners—to protect important information from would-be hackers. This way, only authorized users have access to the information. Additionally, IT departments within these facilities are working closely with security leaders to ensure that networks are as secure as possible to protect from ransomware attacks, which have plagued the healthcare industry in the last few years.  </p><p><strong>Locking Down </strong></p><p>Lockdown capabilities are paramount within today's healthcare settings, driving access control manufacturers to provide solutions that make it easy for security directors to control access quickly and efficiently in the event of an emergency. End users are also looking for mobility, and having a mobile application to help grant access, freeze access, or change permissions easily is important in this vertical market, along with the ability for security teams and professionals to move freely throughout the facility.  </p><p>One area where this is critical is in nursing homes. 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U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the U.S. Army, have used eSignLive from VASCO Data Security for secure and compliant electronic signing of documents using Personal Identity Verification cards or Common Access Cards.​</p><h4>AWARDS AND CERTIFICATIONS</h4><p>Atomic Data attained SOC 3 certification for the seventh year in a row from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.</p><p>Conduent Incorporated was awarded a U.S. patent for technology that automatically recognizes facial expressions using images from low-resolution cameras.</p><p>Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc., achieved MEF CE 2.0 certification for carrier grade, interoperable Ethernet services. </p><p>Day & Zimmermann earned a ranking of 188 on the Forbes America’s Largest Private Companies list. 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https://sm.asisonline.org/Pages/21st-century-security-and-cpted-designing-critical-infrastructure-protection-and-crime-prev-0.aspx21st Century Security and CPTED: Designing for Critical Infrastructure Protection and Crime Prevention, Second Edition.<div class="body"> <p> <em> <span style="font-size:small;"> <span style="font-family:arial;">CRC Press. Available from ASIS, item #2078; 954 pages; $120 (ASIS member), $132 (nonmember). Also available as e-book.</span> </span> </em> </p> <p> <span style="font-size:small;"> <span style="font-family:arial;">As good as the first edition of 21st Century Security and CPTED was, this second edition surpasses it. Atlas, known in security circles as a consummate professional, has done an outstanding job in creating this second edition, which has twice as much material as the original edition. It also includes voluminous references and hundreds of outstanding clarifying photos in both color and black-and-white. Using humor and candid insight he incorporates all the concepts of CPTED, including design, construction, security countermeasures, and risk management strategies, and merges them into a highly informative reference manual for security practitioners at every level.</span> </span> </p> <p> <span style="font-size:small;"> <span style="font-family:arial;">There is a logical flow to the book. It lays a solid foundation by discussing architecture and its intent, as well as environmental crime control theories and premises liability. There is something here for everyone as it also discusses terrorism and critical infrastructure from differing perspectives. Several chapters on problem solving provide guidance on conducting threat, risk, and vulnerability assessments.</span> </span> </p> <p> <span style="font-size:small;"> <span style="font-family:arial;">Throughout, Atlas provides a roadmap for merging security and CPTED into management principles and practices in a wide variety of facility settings, including healthcare facilities, critical infrastructure, ATMs, office buildings, parking lots and structures, and parks and green spaces. The latter portion of the book is reserved for concepts including lighting, LEED and GREEN certification, workplace violence, signage, data capture and analysis, and conducting CPTED surveys.</span> </span> </p> <p> <span style="font-size:small;"> <span style="font-family:arial;">Atlas has created the definitive book on CPTED and security. Despite the magnitude and complexity of the science and art of security management, he has done an outstanding job of merging these and other disciplines and concepts together into a cogent display of information that the reader should be able to apply in a wide variety of locations and situations. If you are only going to buy one book this year, it is strongly suggested you purchase this one. </span> </span> </p> <hr /> <p> <span style="color:#800000;"> <strong> <span style="font-size:small;"> <span style="font-family:arial;">Reviewer:</span> </span> </strong> </span> <span style="font-size:small;"> <span style="font-family:arial;"> Glen Kitteringham, CPP, has worked in the security industry since 1990. He holds a master’s degree in security and crime risk management. He is president of Kitteringham Security Group Inc., which consults with companies around the globe. </span> </span> </p> </div>GP0|#28ae3eb9-d865-484b-ac9f-3dfacb4ce997;L0|#028ae3eb9-d865-484b-ac9f-3dfacb4ce997|Strategic Security;GTSet|#8accba12-4830-47cd-9299-2b34a4344465