When I think of what people typically steal from a doctor’s office, many different items come to mind. Latex gloves, magazines, bandages, and even facial tissues are often liberated from exam rooms and waiting areas across the country every day. Patients often feel entitled to those items, considering the costs associated with the office visit or the time they spent waiting to be seen. While those are minor infractions, those items do add more and more to the overall costs to the medical field in general. Of course, there are much more serious cases of theft in many doctor’s offices too. People steal from the supply of medication samples. There is also a very alarming rate of thefts of identities and medical records. These are problems all employees of the medical field must face and battle every day.
Tablet theft is a whole new problem that doctor’s offices could be dealing with, and I don’t mean the type you swallow. I’m talking about those new tablets that the front desk hands the patient to register for their appointments. Many offices are steering away from the traditional clipboard, with paper and pen, to update contacts, insurance and gather information for the purpose of the visit. They are going with a more technological and paperless approach with tablets and digital notebooks for patients to use instead. The patient is typically given the tablet and allowed to go sit in the lobby to fill in all the pertinent information. They may fill that in and hand it right back or they may keep the device throughout their appointment and hand it back in at the checkout desk. Either way, these are major investments and they must be protected. Since they have access to medical records, and because they are expensive pieces of equipment, this type of tablet theft must not be allowed to happen. It won’t if the office has the right tools.
The N10 Antenna offered by Checkpoint Systems is a key player in this game plan. Pair that with the Alpha Thunder Tag and you have a team that can’t be beat. The N10 Antenna is a sleek and compact detection system designed for small spaces. It is meant to blend in with its surroundings. However, it will not just sit quietly if one of the patients attempts to steal a tablet if said device has an Alpha Thunder Tag. It’s a simple plan: Attach the tag and turn it on. If the patient walks to close to the N10 Antenna (usually placed close to the exit to minimize false alarms) the alarm will sound from the detection system. If there is an attempt to remove or tamper with the Alpha Thunder Tag, an alarm will sound directly from the tag itself. On top of that, if the person was to successfully get out the door, once they were beyond the selected perimeter, the tag would self-alarm as well. Most patients would never even think to try and commit this type of tablet theft, but for those that think they can, this pair of tools will put a very fast and loud stop to it.
The medical field is always in need of improvements that can help streamline the ability to share medical records and make things easier for the patient. These new paperless check in systems fit right in with the reduction of redundant and seemingly ceaseless paperwork. Taking a glove or two won’t break the bank, but there needs to be a plan in place to prevent tablet theft. (And that means the electronic or medication type!)
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