Four Ways To Bolster Security In Your Medical Practice


Doctors' offices need security for a range of reasons, including keeping patient files secure and safeguarding medication supplies. If you want to take a few steps to bolster your practice's security, use this guide to find the options that are right for you. With the help of a commercial locksmith, you can increase your office's security and give your patients and staff added peace of mind.

Keyless Door Answering 

If your office is open late, or if it is located in a potentially dangerous neighborhood, a keyless door answering system may be right for you. This system lets your receptionist buzz patients in while preventing people without appointments from wandering in off the street. You'll need to set up a security camera at the doorway and an intercom system, so your staff can see and interact with people at the door. Once they have identified who they are, your receptionist can buzz them into the office. This is also a great option for days you don't see patients but keep the office open for staff.

Prescription Cabinet Locks

Whether you keep a stock of sample medications available for patients or you dispense medication in your office, locking up prescription drugs is an important part of your office security. You can have your commercial locksmith add locks to your existing cabinets, or you can have new locking cabinets installed in the office. For an added layer of security, keep all medications in one room and restrict access using a key card or passcode access system. This prevents people from entering the room and trying to break the lock on the cabinet. Give access to the doctors and nurses in the office, but limit access to nonmedical personnel working for you.

Key Card Access

In addition to limiting access to prescription medication, a keycard or passcode access system can keep your patient files secure. Choose one room in your office and store your patient files, along with any hard drives that have patient data, in the file room. Have your locksmith install the keycard access point on the door, and consider adding a security camera so you can monitor your employee activity in the room. This way if anyone gets past the security measures, you can find out what happened and prevent it from happening again.

The health and security of your patients and staff are important to you. Use these ideas to reinforce your office security and give everyone in your practice added peace of mind.


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