Healthcare is one of the most demanding and complex industries in the world today. In addition to providing healthcare, the industry is also charged with keeping patients safe and their information secure. But how can hospitals and other healthcare facilities increase physical safety while still staying HIPAA compliant?
Here are some important ways to do just that.
Install and Ensure the Proper Use of Video Surveillance.
Today, whether we realize it or not, when we are in a public space that space is likely covered by video surveillance. Does, and can the same hold true for healthcare facilities? While these facilities must safeguard patient information and patient confidentiality, the use of video surveillance is quite common in healthcare. Surveillance cameras can cover public spaces such as:
- Hospital entrances and exits
- Stairs and fire escapes
- Entrances to restricted areas
- Equipment rooms
- Supply rooms
- Pharmaceutical storage areas
To stay HIPAA compliant, it is important that cameras are never aimed at computer screens and ensure that surveillance footage can only be viewed by authorized individuals. It may be necessary to take other precautions, such as posting a notice that the healthcare facility uses video surveillance, and using software to blur the faces of patients in some cases.
Install Intrusion Detection
Intrusion detection detects anyone trying to gain entrance to protected areas using force, stealth, or deceit. Hospitals should install intrusion detection in any area that should not generally be accessed without authorization. This is especially helpful in protecting areas where individuals can access patient information by computer or other means.
Use Access Control
HIPAA regulations require healthcare entities to implement technical safeguards to prevent unauthorized access to sensitive areas of the facility. To fulfill that regulation and stay compliant, facilities may implement access control tools such as :
- Access cards or biometrics
- Proximity readers
- Visitor management systems
- Intercom systems
- Video analytics
- And more
With the right tools, balancing privacy with protection isn’t as difficult as it seems, even in the healthcare industry. If you have questions about staying HIPAA compliant while increasing your security, give SSP a call today. 1-888-540-0175