Mobile Medical Device Theft Can Lead To Damaged Reputation; Alpha Thunder Tags Provide Protection Part 1
In my retail job and my library job, I have to occassionally take online training modules reminding me of the importance of information security. The trainings remind me that I need to be careful when creating passwords, because when they are too easy, hackers can figure them out. I am also reminded that I should not open emails and especially the attachments if I don’t recognize the sender. Viruses and malware may be slipped into my computer if I am careless. One warning I recently came across in a training and I had not considered before is that when a company suffers a security breach, they risk damage to their brand and reputation. I realized how true that statement is. Think about the major retailers that have had data breaches and customer credit card information has been compromised. Consumer confidence begins to wane and stock prices drop. Customers start to question whether it is wise to shop at those locations. A company’s reputation is tied to a lot of different factors, but trust is near the top of that list. The same can be said for medical care facilities. When a cyber attack takes place or patient information is mis-handled, it makes the news and patients become fearful that their information is vulnerable. With the increased use of medical mobile devices,concerns over i-pad theft, tablet theft and medical laptop theft have become the source of government concern. Medical providers are expected to protect patient information and Alpha Thunder Tags can help with that.
Alpha Thunder Tags used with electronic article surveillance antennas (EAS) like the Checkpoint Classic N10, provide extreme protection against tablet theft, i-pad theft or theft of any other mobile medical device. The tags are attached with an adhesive backing to a mobile device and once in place, can only be removed with a detachment tool. Anyone else attempting to pull it off will activate a tamper alarm built into the tag. The Alpha Thunder tag is designed to operate on a specific radio frequency and when it is carried into the receiving range of the Checkpoint Classic N10 antenna, the antenna senses the tag and sounds an alarm. Along with the audible alarm, lights built into the antenna begin to flash when the protected i-pad or tablet is being carried out. The commotion alerts nearby employees that a tagged device is being removed from the building. They can then respond to the alarm and recover the item that the person had in their possession.
Is all this security necessary for your facility? Whether you have a small office or are in charge of a large hospital, the government is pushing for medical providers to transition to electronic health records (EHRs). The idea is that the electronic records make it easier for health care providers to keep accurate records on patients and to access information. The concern that healthcare providers must consider is the possibility of hacking or technology theft. In the event it is believed patient information is at risk, it is the responsibility of the medical facility where the loss took place to report it to the United States Department of Health and Human Services. According to the HHS.gov website http://www.hhs.gov/hipaa/for-professionals/breach-notification/ “Following a breach of unsecured protected health information, covered entities must provide notification of the breach to affected individuals, the Secretary, and, in certain circumstances, to the media.” (emphasis on media mine). Once information on a breach is in the media what does that mean for your reputation? In part two of this series we will take a closer look at what it can mean for any business when negative information gets in the media.
Patient privacy and security are of paramount importance for health care professionals. Tablet theft or i-pad theft from a facility can have severe ramifications if someone was able to hack into patient information stored on a device. Alpha Thunder Tags and Checkpoint Classic N10 antennas can give you the protection you need to help keep your company’s reputation in tact.
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