A Bug Tag And Classic N10 Towers Are A Powerful Solution To Medical iPad Theft
I recently made another visit to a hospital for a relative. During the visit I caught myself looking around at the medical equipment and thinking about the issue of iPad theft and stolen medical identity. No, I wasn’t being insensitive I was waiting for the relative to be released by the nursing staff so there wasn’t much I could do to stay occupied. While I was glancing around the halls I saw several laptop carts left unattended. Because of my frequent visits to this hospital I also am aware that iPads or computer tablets are in use by staff. How easy would it be for a criminal to engage in iPad theft or computer theft with equipment left unattended? The potential for theft is problematic but the issue of medical identity theft as a result of a stolen device is a bigger concern. The remedy for the problem is simple. It would only require a Bug Tag to be attached to an iPad or Tablet and a Classic N10 electronic article surveillance tower to be set up at each door.
The Bug Tag is a device with electronic article surveillance circuitry built into it that sends out a radio wave. The Classic N10 tower is a receiver that can detect a tagged iPad, computer tablet or other device when carried with the detection radius of the tower. When the tag is detected pandemonium erupts. The tower alarms scream out a high pitched alert and LED lights flash on and off signaling nearby staff to respond and recover hospital equipment. If the tag is a 3 Alarm tag it will sound an internal alarm if the crook continues to exit the building and this alarm follows the thief where they go. What happens if the criminal just pulls the tag off of the device? No problem! The Bug Tag has a tamper alarm that will scream out 95 decibels of noise giving away what the culprit is trying to do.
Why am I more concerned about the loss of information contained on a mobile medical device than I am the device itself? In an article in Healthcare IT News by Bill Siwicki, Feb 20, 2017, “Study: One in four U.S. consumers have had their personal medical information stolen”, the author makes several scary points. “Twenty-six percent of U.S. consumers have had their personal medical information stolen from healthcare systems, according to results of a new study from Accenture released today at HIMSS17 in Orlando.” While the article does not go into detail on how the data breaches take place we know from the Department of Health and Human Services reporting that many potential breaches occur due to stolen computer devices. In 2018 alone 12 incidents of stolen computers or “other portable electronic devices” have been reported. The requirement is that the “Secretary must post a list of data breaches of unsecured protected health information affecting 500 individuals or more.” That means there could potentially be more incidents of theft and data breaches that are not reported if they are impacting less than 500 patients.
Mr. Siwicki goes on to say that, “…of those who experienced a breach were victims of medical identity theft and had to pay approximately $2500 in out-of-pocket costs per incident, on average.” It would be intolerable for patients to be responsible for such expenses due to a failure of the facility to provide adequate protection for devices when it would only take a Bug Tag and installation of Classic N10 towers to prevent many losses.
Loss Prevention Systems Inc. has the ability to equip all of your hand-held devices with the Bug Tag to prevent iPad theft and the potential theft of other equipment. They can point out the best locations to set up Classic N10 towers and train staff how to handle attempted device thefts. Why risk losing not only patient data but patient trust as well? Let Loss Prevention Systems Inc. protect your equipment and reputation as only they know how.
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