As technology continues to advance for personal use at home, we have found ways to protect our property with different tools and applications. The same should go for the electronics we use at work as well. At my store, we have had hand-held scanner units since I started with them almost fifteen years ago. There was a short period over that stint that we had to watch those hand-held units like hawks because they had a demand on the black market. If they were left unattended on the counter or in a cart, they were as good as gone. Then they would show up on some online auction site within hours. We have Checkpoint Systems installed in our stores and we had to start protecting them with Checkpoint labels, so if anyone attempted to conceal and steal them, the alarm would sound. Now we have all been issued new digital tablets at store level. It is now my biggest fear to have to call my boss and tell him mine has been liberated from the front checkout.
Many clinics and offices in the medical field have begun to change their check-in system for their patients, and they’re including these digital tablets as part of that new process. When the patient arrives, they receive a tablet at the front desk and they use it to sign in instead of the old pen and clipboard system. This allows the patient to have more control over their input and makes changing billing and address information a lot quicker and easier. It removes the issue of having to decipher the patient’s bad handwriting as well and helps eliminate mistakes. It also puts more of a security burden on the office staff, but there are a couple of simple solutions the medical field can implement to make that transition easier.
There is a pair of tools offered by Checkpoint Systems and Alpha Technology that, when working together, are an effective way to stop any theft of these expensive devices. First, there is the Checkpoint N10. This is the detection system, and here are some of its specifics: The pedestals are only 30.5” tall, and the system mounts directly to the wall or door frame. That compact design is what makes it perfect for a small lobby filled with patients. Despite the smaller size, it still offers the same excellent performance. It is compatible with all Checkpoint and Alpha products.The second tool you need to work with the Checkpoint N10 is the Alpha Thunder Tag. The is what allows the patient to move freely around the lobby and anywhere they are permitted, without having to lock the tablet down to a table with some form of locking cable like banks do with their ink pens. If there is any attempt to remove or disable the Alpha Thunder Tag, it will go into self alarm mode with a 95 decibel sound. And of course, if a patient was to try to steal the digital tablet from the office, that’s when the Checkpoint N10 will come alive and sound its own alarm.
If your medical office is looking into offering this new check-in system just remember you are going to need to have a plan on how to keep them secure. Many of your employees will never let their cell phones leave their sight, but they don’t always monitor and take care of the office equipment with the same diligence. With an investment into these two devices working together for your office, you won’t have to worry about your investment into digital tablets.
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