If you work in or around a physician’s office or a medical practice you are surrounded by private medical files and patient information that has to remain secure. You are keenly aware of HIPAA Laws and the privacy rules that apply to the handling of client information. Not long ago I made a trip to a local minute clinic and had to electronically submit answers to a questionnaire before the visit with the nurse practitioner could take place. This was a change from the method of filling out what seemed like reams of paperwork in the past. In many practices, the use of laptops and even portable devices such as tablet’s and i-pads are becoming common place, removing the need for traditional patient charts and paper records. One of the benefits of the move towards mobile technology is the reduced risk of paper records getting lost, or misplaced. Let’s face it, some of the hand written notes are difficult to decipher and can be cause for misunderstanding or human error in transcribing those notes. The other side of the coin is the risk of theft of an i-pad or tablet from a medical office. The amount of information carried in a laptop of mobile device makes the loss or theft of one of these units far more risky than losing a single patient’s medical file. Electronic Article Surveillance technology is available to medical offices in order to secure their devices, among which is the Alpha Thunder Tag used in conjunction with the Classic N10 EAS antenna.
Some practices may be reluctant to invest in the EAS technology due to the size often associated with EAS antennas. Office space is not always large, and entry ways are sometimes just large enough to meet the requirements for wheelchairs to access the building. The concerns of staff are that the antennas may impede the access of patients trying to enter who may have to use some type of assistance to maneuver. The Classic N10 antenna is a slim, smaller, profile antenna that can provide the same level of security as their larger counterparts.
The Classic N10 antenna is more compact that the models normally seen when entering a retail business. They still provide the same benefits of the larger antennas, flashing LED lights for visual alerting staff and deterring theft. Audible signaling occurs when a breach takes place in the event someone were to attempt the theft of a tablet or i-pad secured with an Alpha Thunder Tag, in the case of a doctor’s office. An advantage the Classic N10 has over some previous models, is that it also has jammer detection, alerting staff if a jamming device may be in use to try to circumvent the EAS antenna.
Perhaps your office has a need to take a mobile device out of the office at some time. The Alpha Thunder Tag can be removed with the S3 key and XT detachers. These detachment keys can be ordered in counter locking versions that can prevent the keys themselves from being stolen. The base is secured to a countertop or under a counter out of view and the key is attached with a lanyard. The S3 locking counter key locks the detacher to the base until it is needed to remove an Alpha Thunder Tag from a laptop or mobile device. The alarmed S3 locking counter key has the same protection as the S3 locking counter key but the security of the device is taken a step further. If someone were to tamper with the lanyard on this version it will sound an alarm and alert staff to the potential attempted theft of the key. Maintaining the keys in a secure office space, off limits to visitors and non-staff personnel will provide additional safety measures to protect your devices and patient information.
A complete Electronic Article Surveillance system which includes the Classic N10 antenna, Alpha Thunder tags and an S3 key will protect your office the from laptop, i-pad and tablet thefts. Reduce your concerns over potential stolen patient information; look into how you can protect office mobile devices.
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