The world is becoming more and more reliant on technology day by day. The daily advancements in technology are driving consumers to become more information hungry and data driven; a trend that we are seeing in business and the public sector too. Technology has made it possible to watch live television from your mobile phone, set up an internet hotspot with the click of a button, transfer movies and pictures by simply tapping two phones together. It is an exciting time! On the flip side of the coin all of this information and data sharing needs to be protected with proper protocols (examples: firewalls, encryptions, etc…) If our personal information happens to fall into the wrong hands the repercussion could be very severe.

 ID Control in Hospitals

While losing one’s personal information is devastating to that individual, imagine what could happen if a Fortune 500 company had their databases hacked and all their records stolen. The amount of damage that could be done is almost unimaginable. The same goes for hospital records.Vulnerable people could be exposed to predatory criminals in search of a target. In hospitals only certain departments are currently ID controlled. Employees normally have to swipe into pharmacy and microbiology, but most other areas are open access.

The control of movement in hospitals is a tricky topic. Some of the largest companies in the world trust the safety of their business and personal information to companies like IDentilam. With increased medical data flow through the airwaves in hospitals, ID controls will no doubt have to be treated more strictly, and their scope increased significantly.

 Can the Health field be protected?

The rise in technology is making it possible for tablets to go anywhere andeverywhere. Health data and health records can now be updated, transferred and passed to other devices in real time. Full patient records and physiological data can be instantly shot over to a doctors Bluetooth device. It is crucial that technology is implemented in the medical sector only at a rate at which security and privacy can be ensured.

Many companies are focused on firewalls and encryption codes, but a key aspect of all this is the ID cards used by staff members. What if a nurse loses her ID card and a drug addict can now stroll into the restricted area with this card and clean out the entire shipment of Vicodin? What if someone can pose as a senior hospital administrator and gain access to devices with sensitive data?

Antonia Fagan, Sales Executive at IDentilam said, “With hundreds of patients, visitors, doctors and other staff moving around hospitals every day, security and identification can quickly become an issue. Photo ID cards can help staff easily and quickly identity who is in the building and control access to restricted areas. As well as visual identification and access control, ID cards can also be used for time & attendance, record keeping and for staff purchases in canteens or shops”.

The health field is one of the areas that could benefit the most from companies similar to; providing quality ID badgesand tracking of personnel and visitors. Exciting new advances in online technology allows ID badges and secure encrypted networks to be monitored in real time for any outside threats or unusual activities. This is an important development that can help to fuel the incorporation of new technology into the health sector. Legislators have a duty to ensure that the right processes are put in place. At the end of the day improved data flow will enhance the quality of care at the front line, but it needs to be managed; and managed well!

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