Stop Theft In The Medical Field
Did you know there is an actual book called “How to Steal from a Medical Practice”? It’s true, and this guy knows all about it because he had a terrible experience with his office’s billing manager. She stole $20,000 from his practice in a year and a half. Her punishment: restitution only because it was her first offense. Then she got a billing manager job at another office in a neighboring town within a week of the hearing. Theft from medical offices has been a problem for decades and it is really growing out of hand. It’s not just internal theft of money either. The staff takes prescription drugs that are meant for patient samples. The patients themselves steal supplies from the exam rooms. In the age of technology, there is the threat of patients and staff alike stealing the devices that now hold medical records. Tablet and i-pad theft is a whole new issue for medical practices, and unless they have been equipped with some form of anti-theft device, they are near impossible to recover.
Many offices are converting their old records keeping systems over to newer, faster, and smaller hand held devices instead of having to be tied down to an old bulky desk top system. They can hold the devices and take notes on them, while still being able to make eye contact with the patient and make the experience much more personal. The devices take up much less space, and they are very user friendly. In fact, many offices have even made the switch from handing their patients a clipboard of papers to fill out their information and registration, to handing them an i-pad or tablet and allowing them to just type in what is needed and make updates and changes to their personal information. (I just went to the doctor a couple weeks ago, and wrote down the same stuff on three different forms so that would be awesome!)
Unfortunately, there could be major problems if the office discovers that there has been an I-pad or tablet theft. It really depends on the intentions of the thief, of course. They could be just stealing it to try and sell at a pawn shop. Or the tablet theft could have been for the purpose of attempting to hack the device for medical records or financial information. It’s one thing to have to just buy a new I-pad, but to have to deal with all the repercussions of identity theft is a whole huge issue.
Medical practices need product protection tools just like retailers. A nice combination that will protect those valuable electronic devices against theft are the Checkpoint N10 System and the Alpha Thunder Tag. Together, these two are unstoppable. The Checkpoint N10 is very similar to the systems that many stores use to prevent shoplifting. But, while it has the same theft detection power, this one is smaller, sleeker, and designed for the professional setting of the medical office. The Alpha Thunder Tag is the partner that protects your practice from i-pad theft. It adheres directly to the tablet, and it is the catalyst that will activate the alarm on the Checkpoint N10 if there is a theft attempt. If a patient or a staff member attempts to leave the premises with one of your devices, you will be immediately alerted. You don’t have to wait and hope it never happens to your office; take a look at the Checkpoint N10 System and the Alpha Thunder Tag.
Stopping theft in the Medical Field is important and we can help. Contact us or call 1.770.426.0547 today.