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    Healthcare personnel rushing a patient through a hospital.

    We all admire the skill and dedication of those who work in the healthcare industry – without a doubt; it’s a line of work that comes with its own unique set of challenges. On a daily basis, healthcare workers are tasked with responding to any number of unpredictable situations, and dealing with uncertainty is simply part of the job. In such a fast-changing environment, security is always a top concern, and for this reason, healthcare facilities of all types and sizes now use keyless locks to safeguard access to sensitive areas, securely store medical equipment and protect patient records. Below are some of the main benefits of using keyless locks in the healthcare industry.

    1. Relying upon traditional locks or even proximity cards can create a disadvantage for both staff and patients. Not only would it be a major hassle just to issue and keep track of keys, cards and credentials, but it would also be more time-consuming to actually use them, and as you can imagine, time is an extremely valuable commodity in the healthcare industry in particular. When an urgent situation arises and time becomes your enemy, the last thing you would want is to have to fumble around with keys or a non-working proximity card while trying to gain access to an important area.
    2. Keyless locks are a great way to provide secure storage for medical supplies and equipment. For example, installing keyless locks on nurse server cabinets can prevent unauthorized access to important medical supplies, and it can reduce the space requirements needed for PAR storage rooms. By simply punching a code into the lock’s keypad, nurses can easily access the supplies they need without having to worry about keeping track of keys (which can get lost), giving them more time to take care of their patients. In addition, materials managers will appreciate the access control that keyless locks afford, which enables them to keep more accurate supply counts; this means less trouble with expired inventory and stock-outs.
    3. Keyless locks do a great job of restricting access to areas inside of hospitals, clinics and other medical facilities that might contain sensitive information such as patient records or high-value inventory. Keyless locks such as the Trilogy T2 DL2800 feature an audit trail capability that enables you to have a record of who accessed a certain sensitive area, and when. That way, if anything goes amiss (or missing) you can have time-stamped evidence to help you pinpoint any responsible parties.
    4. Keyless locks make establishing access privileges a breeze. For example, the built-in programming functions of the Trilogy T2 DL2800 allow you to create individual or group user codes, so that you can grant specialized access to certain areas only to the people who need it. This beats the heck out of getting keys cut and trying to keep track of whom you assigned them to, and let’s face it – we know how often those keys can change hands without being tracked.

    With all of the unique problems that the healthcare industry addresses, it can be a challenge to find the right tools for the job. As you can see from the benefits outlined above, choosing keyless locks is definitely a step in the right direction.

    Trilogy T2 DL2800 Electronic Lock – Timed Access, Audit Trail