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Access Control in the new Pandemic World
August 20, 2020

The pandemic has forced many existing ways of procedures and protocols to control the spread of the virus. Health care industry is experiencing a major technological revamp post Covid- 19.

Access control system companies work with hospitals and related sectors globally to help them digitize their workflow. Some companies grow faster while some sustain. Companies that grow have already implemented intelligent technologies while others are on the way of accepting the change. With the pandemic, the efficiency of the already existing system became questioned, the safety of every individual has become a priority.

Most healthcare systems have been trying to collaborate various policies, procedures and protocols to facilitate real-time data capture. Many businesses have accelerated technology adoptions and have deployed additional solutions for support. However, the speed at which change is needed continues to exceed the speed at which change is actually occurring.

Making an Impact

Companies mobilized a care team and automated the workflow in record time to manage the issues that came out of pandemic. Technologies were implemented immediately to help increase the efficiency and accuracy of patient admissions and diagnostic actions, mitigate supplies shortages and inform treatment decisions. The gathered information can be used to improve the service offered to doctors and nurses, patients, assets and facilities.

Situations like pandemic are always on the edge of earth ready to drop, like a hurricane, earthquake, workplace accident or flu and it impacts directly on the medical sector. Hospital capacities might burst out and resources would be strained.

Mobile computers were provided to forefront workers to save data real-time which is communicated and collaborated with colleagues who are away through text, voice or data sharing to help manage the crowd and make the physical presence of a medical officer only on priority. These devices also help to increase clinical efficiency by providing access to patient records at the time of consultation without giving extra work to the nurse.

Patients are given a barcoded wristband on admission to ensure positive identification during medication and treatment administration. It can also be used in patient tracking. The wristband can be scanned using a handheld gadget that will collect information and save it in patient’s records. An RFID( Radio Frequency Identification) tag can also be used for better visibility to verify a patient’s location.  Other types of remote monitoring service like the Internet of things devices that can check vital signs in a patient’s health can alert staff and minimize direct contact with patients during routine check-ups. Artificial intelligence (AI) tools can help with remote triage to better direct patient care actions before they step into a facility.

RFID or barcode labels can be tagged on specimens to increase accuracy of data, track the patient and update test results onto patient records. Mobile printer synced with a clinical computer can retrieve data stored about the patient by scanning the wristband.  The scan also lets the examiner know which all doctors the patient had consulted before.

Lab technicians can scan the tag and let the medical examiner know specimen results. These features are important when there is a surge in the testing sample and results need to be updated quickly, like the current pandemic.

All the medical equipment can be tagged with RLTS tags. These tags let one to easily locate a bed, wheelchair, IV  poles, ventilators and heart monitors. This makes management to easily access the resources at their disposal and make necessary arrangements if needed. Inventory management can be effectively done using tags. If an examiner can scan the package every time it is used, whether it be a mask, blood vial, medicines, then inventory management can improve the condition of the whole medical system. These technologies complement the rules and regulations put forth by international and domestic medical authorities.

When supplies are running low, authorities can be alerted through back-end inventory reconciliation systems and can be prompted to automatic re-ordering of the inventory. This information can also be used for checking stocks and unnecessary purchases. RFID and barcode tag helps in confirming orders in real-time and let the medical team know when to be judicious in their use of supplies to maintain a constant supply chain management. They also increase accountability to mitigate fraud and theft.

Screencheck provides all comprehensive solutions which can be implemented in your health care system. Systems can even be upgraded to scale the solutions. The medical team needs to be properly educated regarding these technologies and should also provide information regarding policies and procedures. Training needs to be given to medical staff about disinfecting devices, how to keep them secured with compromising patients data and to make a better understanding to provide the best medical support.