Protect Popular Mobile Medical Devices With Alpha Thunder Tags
Why are mobile medical devices so popular? Why does there seem to be such a proliferation of them in the medical profession? What kind of devices are being used for medical purposes and are there any risks associated with their use? Let me address the last question first. Mobile medical devices that I am referring to are tablets, i-pads, i-phones, etc. These devices are small, portable and easy for medical staff to carry with them while seeing patients. A far cry from the days of clipboards and file folders with patient information, these devices provide access to the same information but with the added benefit of being easier to navigate through information. Since the devices do carry patient data there is risk associated with them, but tablet theft and i-pad theft risk can be minimized with the use of Alpha Thunder Tags.
Alpha Thunder Tags are anti-theft devices attached directly to the item(s) that needs to be protected. They work with an electronic article surveillance system antenna that emits a loud alarm if someone tries to leave a building with a device. Flashing LED lights of an antenna also alert staff of a security breach. If someone attempts an i-pad theft by removing the anti-theft device, the tag has an internal tamper alarm that activates and alerts personnel of an incident as it happens.
Why the proliferation of mobile medical devices? There a couple of reasons for it, the first being a push by the federal government for medical providers to move to electronic medical records (EMR). The idea being, that digitalizing data and patient information would drive down health care costs. Medical providers are attempting to meet government requirements and therefore the use of mobile devices has increased. While there are medical professionals who are both pro and con on the program, the fact is there are more devices being used and any time there is an increase in something of value, there is always someone out there who would like to steal it. The reason may be simply to get hands on something of value and try to resell it or more concerning, steal it and try to hack information contained on it. In either situation a tablet theft or i-pad theft can be an expensive loss to a medical provider.
Another reason for the proliferation of the devices is that medical providers are finding there are many benefits to using mobile medical i-pads, i-phones and tablets. Patient information is easy to access. Doctors can consult with other physicians on patient diagnosis, medical history can show medications a patient may be on and help a doctor avoid prescribing a medication that may negatively interfere with a drug the patient is already taking. There are also a growing number of medical apps that are available to medical professionals. Some of the top apps available for medical i-phones according to the web site “Healthcare IT News” include:
1. Epocrates – The user can view continually updated clinical data
2. Skyscape Medical Resources – a collection of medical information and decision
3. Eyechart – used to measure visual acuity
4. Taber’s Medical Dictionary – contains over 60,000 terms, 1,000 photos and 600 patient care statements
5. MedCalc – a medical calculator that provides access to medical formulas and scores.
The list of available apps for doctors and nurses goes on, from Neurology toolkits to Veterinarian tools. With so much information and information sharing available at the touch of a screen, it makes sense why transitioning to a mobile technology would be beneficial to hospitals, clinics and other healthcare providers. It is also understandable how a tablet theft could have negative impacts on a practice if medical data is on a device. The loss of access to these apps could also cause problems if a medical practitioner has come to rely on them for their day to day patient care.
Medical mobile devices have immeasurable value in the health care industry. The opportunities for reducing errors and improving care with new apps are boundless. But, we must not lose sight of the risks associated with mobile devices. They are small and can be easily misplaced or stolen and in the process, patient data may be at risk. Using Alpha Thunder tags is the sensible solution to prevent i-pad theft and tablet theft.
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