Having been a Boy Scout while growing up, I spent a lot of time outdoors so I don’t get too bothered by bugs. Of course, that means bugs should be outdoors not in our homes, hotels, restaurants and certainly not in hospitals. When I saw stories about bugs in hospitals it kind of bugged me (pun intended). One example was a story about a hospital in Pikeville, Kentucky that had a bedbug problem in June of 2016. The hospital closed down the infected areas and cleaned up the problem without further incident. http://www.wkyt.com/content/news/Pikeville-Medical-Center-working-to-eradicate-bed-bugs-382947921.html. There is one kind of bug that DOES have a place in a hospital and bedbugs are not it. You read that right, I am promoting one bug that hospitals SHOULD pursue bringing into the building. The Alpha Bug Tag 2 can be a welcome addition to hospitals that need to protect against tablet theft and i-pad theft if they use mobile medical devices to improve healthcare.
The Alpha Bug Tag 2 is an electronic article surveillance (EAS) anti-theft device that prevents theft through deterrence and EAS antenna activation. The tag is comprised of a reusable module containing the radio frequency components, alarm and LED flashing light and a disposable adhesive sled. The adhesive sled allows the module to be attached directly to mobile medical devices without damaging an i-pad, tablet or even a laptop. The Alpha Bug Tag 2 is built to prevent tampering and unauthorized tag removal with an internal tamper alarm that sounds if a thief tries to take it off while attempting an i-pad theft or laptop theft. A built in LED light flashes as a deterrent to warn criminals the tag is present and active. If a protected mobile device is carried close to EAS antennas, such as a Checkpoint Classic N10 antenna, the antenna picks up the radio frequency signal emitting from the tag. The antenna then alarms and sounds a loud warning and flashes LED lights built into it. Medical staff can respond to the antenna alarm and prevent a device from being stolen from the facility. 3-alarm versions of the tag have an additional feature that causes the tag itself to alarm if it is carried past the EAS antennas, alerting personnel who it is that is trying to get away.
I want to quickly follow up on my mention of the Checkpoint Classic N10 antenna. EAS antennas are necessary for the tags to fully function. While a tag itself may be a deterrent and will alarm if tampered with the EAS function is what prevents the actual tablet theft or i-pad theft. The Alpha Bug Tag 2 works hand in hand with the EAS antenna located at building entrances and other areas where the mobile device does not need to be carried; for example a public restroom. The Checkpoint Classic N10 antenna is a perfect antenna for medical facilities because of the small footprint they take up so they don’t interfere with gurneys, wheelchairs, crutches, walkers etc. that may need extra doorway space.
What is the concern over the protection of mobile devices used in a medical facility? Aren’t these devices password protected to prevent access to stored information? While the medical tablet or i-pad may have protections, there is no guarantee the items are safe from hacking. Thieves could obtain patient medical records including billing information, prescription information, medical history, addresses etc. Such breaches of patient information have resulted in large fines for medical providers by the Department of Health and Human Services. Fines for improper handling of personal health information have been as high as 2.25 million dollars (CVS Pharmacy 2009, source; Healthcare IT News, “6 Biggest HIPPA Breach Fines”, Erin McCann, May 23, 2014. http://www.healthcareitnews.com/slideshow/6-biggest-hipaa-breach-fines?page=4 ). The use of anti-theft devices can keep medical mobile devices from being stolen and leaving a facility.
In a nutshell, yes, while pests such as bedbugs can be a concern, most medical facilities do a great job of staying bug free. That said, the one bug that should be brought in is the Alpha Bug Tag 2 to protect mobile medical devices. Protect patient information as well as property and stay fine free.
Alpha Bug Tag 2 is important and we can help you with it. Call 1.770.426.0547 and let’s talk.