I have spent way too much time in our local hospital. First my grandma, then my husband, and now my grandma is back in. I walk in the front door and know exactly where to go and what to do. I feel like I know everyone’s routine. The nurses and assistants come around on their schedules and depending on what cart they are pushing, I can usually guess what they came in the room for. Those carts are the focus for today though, and thankfully not my feeling sorry for myself. All of them have some sort of laptop or tablet because they have to verify medications they dispense, record vital signs and more. These types of electronics are more common than ever in the medical field now. Because of their expense and the information stored, laptop and tablet theft is a real threat.


There are many laws governing the use and availability of medical information. Privacy laws are very extensive and when there is a violation there is a lot of red tape and bureaucracy to wade through.  here is a lot of reporting involved and likely fines to be assessed.  In the medical field, the patient’s records security is paramount. If the electronics that are used to store this information are stolen, it can become a public relations nightmare. Birthdays, addresses, social security numbers and more could be compromised. A successful tablet theft could be priceless information for an identity thief. If they can figure out how to get into the system and bypass the passwords, they would have a goldmine of details on all the patients.


Additionally, a laptop or tablet theft could occur simply for the purpose of resale. They may have no interest in getting the information stored on the device; they could just want to run it over to the local pawn shop and get some quick cash. And some people just steal for the sake of getting away with something. Either way, in the medical field, there is a constant focus on saving money and streamlining expenses. Having to explain to the hospital administrator how you lost one of their laptops or tablets would not be a good day. 


Now let’s look at what can be done to stop this from happening. First, take a look at the Checkpoint N10 System. This is a compact version of what you see in many retail establishments. The pedestals don’t stand in the middle of the floor; they can be attached to the side of the door. And they still have the same detection capability as their larger counterparts.  Checkpoint N10 allows you to keep the professional atmosphere in place, while still deterring theft. The device that works best with this type of theft protection is the Alpha Thunder Tag. This is a tag that attaches directly to the laptop or tablet. The Alpha Thunder Tag works with the Checkpoint N10 by causing the alarm to activate if someone takes one of the devices too close to the detection system. So, if there is an attempted theft of one of your electronics, your staff will immediately be alerted by the Alpha Thunder Tag.  In the medical field, you have to always be on your toes and be ready for anything to happen. The theft of your devices won’t be one of those worries if you have a Checkpoint N10 System and the Alpha Thunder Tag on your team.


For more information on how to protect electronics in the medial field, contact us or call 1.770.426.0547