Turning to the Cloud
Healthcare Organizations Turn to Video Surveillance to Improve Patient Care and Operations, as Well as Security
The ability to reliably and quickly access video from anywhere at any time is something healthcare organizations have come to rely on. There are so many different examples: a nurse does a quick video check-in on NICU infants from the hallway nurses’ station, a security manager responds to a “door opened” alarm in the pharmaceutical area, or a security officer gets additional information for situational awareness when there’s a disturbance in the emergency room.
Remote Access in Healthcare
Remotely accessing video is routine in healthcare. And increasingly, healthcare security and IT departments are opting for cloud video surveillance to help them keep eyes on their people, operations and property.
While premises-based video surveillance and access control have long played a key role in safeguarding facilities, the healthcare C-Suite is starting to recognize the benefits of cloud; cloud video surveillance extends those basic capabilities of premises-based to provide data to improve operations, reduce maintenance, and it help the organization run securely and smoothly. VSaaS (video surveillance as a service) is becoming the preferred delivery method for security and surveillance technology. Cloud doesn’t have the limitations of the older technology and it’s much more cost effective.
Healthcare organizations of all kinds, from large hospitals to multisite clinics to senior care facilities, are looking for many of the same benefits. Of course, patient or resident care and safety come first. But there also is loss prevention, physical safety promotion and equipment performance monitoring. Thankfully, cloud video surveillance has brought with it video and data retention solutions that are both smart and sustainable.
The strict compliance and safety requirements for employees and patients, along with on-premises items, such as controlled substances, patient records, and expensive equipment, present numerous challenges for healthcare facility operators and their security teams.
This article originally appeared in the July / August 2021 issue of Security Today.