COVID-19 has presented an array of challenges within high-risk healthcare and assisted living centers, especially when it comes to reducing the spread of germs. While touchless access control solutions have come to the forefront in addressing this challenge, there are other challenges within healthcare that touchless access control can help to alleviate in the long term as well.
Reducing the spread of illness through contact is the primary aspect of the pandemic that touch-less access control has successfully addressed within healthcare facilities.
The logic is simple: if germs are transmitted through contact, the clear solution is to minimize contact at major touch points such as access points to and within the facility. It allows nurses to enter and exit sanitized areas without touching any door handles or activation switches. Staff can keep gloves on and face masks do not need to be removed because the mobile device communicates from a distance.
However, touchless access control goes beyond reducing contact where germs are spread.
Residents with limited mobility, dexterity, and vision benefit from convenient mobile credentials that can open doors from a distance (about 3 meters) and create a more seamless accessibility experience. And families appreciate the wider accessibility options for their loved ones. Administrative override and lockdown capabilities in the event of an emergency ensure patient and employee safety.
If you run a building where guests are coming to visit family members, then you want to ensure them a safe and sanitary environment. Nearly all retirement communities and healthcare facilities have restricted visitation of nonessential guests.
Many buildings require a sign-in procedure for visitors to enter. With some modest revisions and improvements to the sign-in process, visitors can be prompted to authenticate themselves with a mobile app, which will then be used for access.
Forms and health screenings can be completed online or in a mobile app prior to visits for improved safety of staff and patients, and more efficiency all around. Modern access applications go further and allow administrators to control who can access which doors and restrict visitor movement within the building to limit traffic through communal spaces.
Theft within healthcare facilities including that of drugs, masks, medical equipment, and other forms of supplies is an all-too-common problem. A modernized touchless solution can work against theft by keeping such supplies locked in certain areas in which access is granted to only certain healthcare personnel.
Ensuring that patients, staff, and visitors are kept as safe as possible is essential to an effective healthcare environment. From accessing the acute care or assisted living centers to the way staff interact and move through the facility, entrances play a crucial role in hygiene, security, and accessibility. With ever-evolving safety standards and unpredictable demand placed on healthcare centers, modernizing door systems is an essential part of improving overall efficiency, safety, and performance.
If you have concerns about the coronavirus and want to upgrade to a touchless method for your access control, you can simply upgrade part of your system without replacing your existing systems.
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