Securing easy access

Issue 8 2023 Access Control & Identity Management

Securing access to hospitals and healthcare institutions presents a unique set of challenges, because these facilities operate 24/7, have highly ‘open’ access in public areas and require a strict level of security when it comes to the safety of patients, medical information, operating rooms, and drug storage areas.

The healthcare industry demands sophisticated system design over both public and back-of-the-house areas, including integration with hospital management systems.

Restricted and highly secure zones need to be strictly managed, and therefore flexibility in configuring access zones and job groups is a requirement, including functionality to record and access audit trail reports for these areas.

Reliability is imperative, and system stability is required for 24/7 operation. The system should offer emergency control features and support integration with fire alarm and CCTV systems. Additionally, the system should adhere to data protection standards.

Solution scenarios

Fire roll-call software: This technology is particularly useful in hospitals and residential care homes. In the event of a fire, it automatically generates a report containing crucial information about who is within the building and potentially where they are. In the event of an emergency event, the fire roll-call software alerts occupants to the emergency while simultaneously activating the report at a safe, pre-determined remote point.

Integrated security systems: Larger hospitals and residential care homes operating on more than one floor and perhaps across several sites may also benefit from a multi-site deployment, managed and monitored centrally. Adding integrated CCTV, intruder alarms, and fire detection creates peace of mind across facilities.

Visitor monitoring: A visitor management system should be considered in an environment with a fleeting number of patients and visitors. This system can print photo IDs and allow access to specific hospital or residential care home areas. Moving to a software solution for visitor management is an easy and inexpensive solution and can provide many added benefits, including the protection of the data and privacy of visitors with unobtrusive methods like QR Codes and PINs where there are privacy concerns. Suprema offers extensive audit trail reporting and full integration support with existing visitor management software and badging applications.

Solution features

Suprema’s biometric access control solutions have been implemented in hospitals and healthcare environments around the world. BioStar 2 provides extensive access control features, including fully configurable access zones and user groups, with the capacity to manage up to 128 access groups and 1000 access readers. BioStar 2, coupled with Suprema’s access terminals, offers a secure, flexible, and advanced solution that meets the challenging needs of healthcare facilities. BioStar 2’s comprehensive access control functionalities, sophisticated visitor management features, emergency control features and video surveillance integration make it an excellent choice for these facilities, with multi-factor biometrics adding an extra layer of security. On top of that, Suprema’s GDPR certification and advanced cybersecurity protocols, data protection and privacy have never been easier to accomplish.


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