Complying With HIPAA and JCAHO Requirements Specific security concerns are controlled access to specialized areas, supply rooms and medical carts, especially to control the access to medications, drugs, syringes, and needles. By Rod Oden While adhering to the usual group of local, state...
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There are different types of electric (locking or latching) devices for every type of application.
The heavy-duty HES model 660 electric cabinet lock is rated for 1,000,000 duty cycles and 1000 pounds of holding force. The 660 is also flexible as it can be set up for sliding and swinging doors.
The RCI (Rutherford Controls International) Model 3510 electric cabinet lock is smaller in size and can therefore fit into tighter applications. The holding force is 200 pounds and it is rated for 500,000 cycles. For more holding force, there is the RCI 3512. The holding force is 320 pounds and it is rated for 500,000 cycles.
Securitron has an industrial cabinet lock, Model SCL-24. It is rated at 600 pounds of holding force. Securitron's MagnaCare warranty program virtually guarantees most of the products they sell for the lifetime of the lock's service.
All of these locks provide the locksmith with a lot of options when it comes to developing applications used in JCAHO/HIPAA controlled areas.
Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2007
The fact that electronic locks are proliferating within healthcare facilities is more than inevitable; new legislation this year could require stronger more restrictive requirements.
GINA is a forward-thinking bill that would prohibit companies from using the results of genetic testing when hiring and firing.
At this time medical researchers are “hobbled” as to the task of collecting the necessary genetic information to move their projects along. Individual volunteers are hesitant to participate as information collected has the potential of being disclosed in the future.
Genetic information is invaluable as it would give employers the ability to “weed” out those persons who are predisposed for diseases and ailments that would increase medical premiums or result in future disabilities.
It is almost certain that passage of this bill (and it is expected to do so) will require healthcare facilities to further raise the bar regarding the protection of patient information at least to the level of protection mentioned in this article.
Figure 1. Self-latching cabinet locks
Figure 2. An electronic lock secures a refrigerator
Figure 3. How the locking plate is mounted
Figure 4. Medical cart with an electronic lock
Figure 5. Comp-X eLock with proximity reader
Figure 6. Videx access records
Figure 7. Medicine cabinet with lock at bottom
Figure 8. Videx cam lock
Figure 9. An electronic mortise cabinet lock
Figure 10. Electronic padlock
Figure 11. Videx original padlock
Figure 12. Electronic controller for electric locks
Figure 13. HES 660 with 1000 lbs holding force
Figure 14. RCI 3510 with 200 lbs holding force
Figure 15. RCI 3512 with 320 lbs holding force
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