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Enhancing Healthcare Security with Advanced Video Surveillance Technology

Today, healthcare facilities face numerous challenges in maintaining safety for patients, staff, and visitors, while also improving operational efficiency. Ensuring the safety and security of healthcare facilities allows additional resources to be redirected to quality patient care. This is where Video Management Systems (VMS) come into play. 

VMS offers a wide range of features that allow for real-time monitoring across multiple cameras strategically placed throughout healthcare facilities. With the ability to detect changes in activity levels and suspicious behavior, a VMS is a crucial tool in identifying potential security threats. Integrating a VMS with advanced technologies like Dynamic Resolution Scaling (DRS), access control systems, and license plate recognition enhances the overall security measures of healthcare facilities. In this blog, we will explore the importance of healthcare security and the role that a VMS, along with other advanced technologies, plays in safeguarding healthcare facilities.

Dynamic Resolution Scaling (DRS) 

Many VMS solutions offer analytics capabilities that enable hospitals to analyze video footage for patterns or anomalies that may indicate criminal activity or potential threats. The combination of Salient’s open platform and DRS in healthcare security solutions allows for an advanced VMS experience.   

DRS, specifically designed by Salient, conserves network bandwidth by dynamically delivering live video appropriate to the monitoring environment. Regardless of the size of the data stream from the video source to the Recording Server, DRS delivers only the necessary video resolution to the Desktop Client requesting the live video. This means that the video resolution is automatically optimized based on the display size of the viewing window in the Desktop Client application. With DRS, there are bandwidth savings of 90% or more resulting in an efficient system that provides cost-savings and places less demand on the healthcare facility’s network. 

Access Control Systems 

Access control systems play a key role in restricting entry to specified areas by relying on criteria such as user credentials and time restrictions. Authentication is essential when it comes to gaining access to restricted locations like patient rooms, laboratories, and pharmacies. By incorporating access control systems alongside other technologies like VMSs, healthcare providers can achieve a comprehensive approach to facility security, allowing for effective monitoring and management of access points. 

Access control systems enable healthcare facilities to prioritize patient safety while ensuring the security of their staff and valuable resources. By leveraging access control systems, healthcare facilities can create a secure environment and safeguard crucial resources. The implementation of these innovative systems reinforces the commitment to delivering exceptional healthcare while maintaining the utmost confidentiality and safety for all involved. 

Loss Prevention & Liability Management 

One of the key benefits of video surveillance technology is its ability to effortlessly locate and monitor the movements of patients and visitors in any healthcare setting. This not only provides a sense of security but also enables prompt action in case someone goes missing or requires monitoring. With the validation of proper patient care, healthcare providers can refute false claims or allegations of assault, abuse, or negligence made by visitors or patients.  

Additionally, advanced tracking systems aid in spill detection and slip-and-fall detection, enabling healthcare facilities to proactively manage the cleanup, reduce liability risk and through video review, swiftly address liability claims. By leveraging innovative tracking systems, healthcare facilities can effectively address security concerns and mitigate potential risks. 

Managing Parking for Improved Healthcare Facility Security 

Security staff can efficiently monitor the movement of vehicles in and out of parking facilities using Automated License Plate Recognition (ALPR) cameras, combined with access control systems. ALPR cameras facilitate the identification of vehicles entering the facility, allowing access only to authorized users in designated lots or garages. This comprehensive approach to parking management ensures a higher level of security for patients, staff, and the overall facility and enables them to quickly identify any suspicious activities before they escalate into dangerous situations. Additionally, remote video-assisted parking lot escorts provide an added layer of security for staff leaving late at night. 

  Embracing these innovative solutions distinguishes healthcare providers as industry leaders, offering top-notch care and security to patients and staff alike. In an era where patient safety is paramount, the integration of video surveillance technology in healthcare facilities is indispensable. Healthcare personnel, patients and visitors can have peace of mind, knowing that cutting-edge security technology protects the facility.  

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