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Security beyond the perimeter in healthcare through advanced video surveillance

Security beyond the perimeter in healthcare through advanced video surveillance
Traditional security systems often aren't enough, and healthcare organizations are turning to advanced video surveillance solutions
The healthcare industry is a complex and ever-changing environment with a unique set of security challenges. Protecting sensitive patient information, safeguarding valuable medical equipment, and ensuring the well-being of patients and staff are all paramount concerns.
 
Traditional security systems often aren't enough, and healthcare organizations are turning to advanced video surveillance solutions to address these concerns proactively.

The rise of AI and cloud technologies

Industry experts highlight that AI-powered analytics and cloud-based video surveillance as critical forces driving the evolution of healthcare security. AI is proving to be a game-changer, transforming video from a passive monitoring tool to a proactive security asset.
 
Advanced analytics can detect potential threats, from suspicious behavior to unusual patterns within healthcare facilities. This level of insight allows security personnel to address situations quickly and decisively.
 
“We’re only at the start of the AI revolution and as we’ve seen across the industry it’s easy to over promise and under deliver, especially when it comes to accuracy,” said Jamie Barnfield, Senior Sales Director at IDIS Europe. “Often, once customers start using AI video, new functions are developed because they will identify additional challenges and work with their integrators and manufacturers to find a solution using a new or refined AI-powered function; we’ve seen this in retail, logistics and many other sectors.
 
“What is clear is that emerging functions and technological advancements, particularly in edge processing power, as well as systems integration are poised to shape the future of video surveillance in the healthcare industry. These will help to address evolving needs in patient care, safety, and security needs, while ensuring privacy of patients and sensitive information.”
 
Cloud technology is also disrupting traditional security models. Cloud-based video surveillance systems offer unparalleled scalability, remote access, and ease of management. Healthcare providers can access real-time footage from anywhere, ensuring complete visibility even in multi-site operations. This is especially valuable in critical situations where timely decision-making and remote collaboration are essential.

Beyond security: video surveillance for patient care and operations

Healthcare facilities are recognizing that video surveillance can offer value far beyond traditional security applications. The integration of intelligent video analytics with IoT devices holds immense potential to improve patient care and optimize facility operations.
 
“Video management software is the backbone of any comprehensive security system,” said Robert Wall, CTO of Edge360. “However, many VMS systems deployed today are outdated and based on older technology. Without advanced functionality, healthcare providers are not experiencing the complete benefits of VMS across their organizations.
 
“By adding containerization to the operating system, video surveillance is optimized for mission-critical video workloads and provides the performance, ability to scale, and resilience required to support today’s demanding safety and operational requirements.”
 
Consider a scenario where AI-powered systems can monitor patients with mobility restrictions, providing early warnings for potential fall risks. Or the ability to track high-value medical equipment across departments. Such capabilities streamline operations, reduce losses, and can even contribute to improved health outcomes.

Privacy and cybersecurity: key considerations

While integrating advanced video solutions offer tremendous possibilities, healthcare facilities cannot neglect the crucial aspect of patient privacy. The industry demands technology solutions that uphold strong privacy standards. Careful measures must be taken to ensure compliance with regulations like HIPAA and maintain patient trust.
 
Cybersecurity, too, remains a top priority as connected technologies become more prevalent. Robust measures to safeguard sensitive data, including video footage, and prevent unauthorized access are critical to the integrity of healthcare operations.
 
“Cloud and AI technologies are the future of healthcare security,” said Steve Prodger, CRO of Arcules. “Cloud-based video surveillance systems are changing the way healthcare professionals manage incident response and risk management because they provide instant access to video evidence.
 
“This capability supports quick decision-making in emergencies and aids in comprehensive post-incident analysis. Integrating these solutions with existing security frameworks also boosts the effectiveness and resilience of security measures.”

Partnering with integrators for success

With rapid advancements in video surveillance technology, it's imperative for healthcare providers to partner with experienced physical security systems integrators. Integrators possess the expertise to design and implement tailored solutions that meet the specific needs of each healthcare organization.
They can help address the following:
 
System design and integration: Matching the right camera technologies, video management platforms, and analytics with a healthcare facility's layout, security objectives, and budget.
 
Cybersecurity best practices: Implementing safeguards to protect sensitive video data and ensure network security.
 
Compliance guidance: Navigating regulatory requirements related to video surveillance and data privacy within the healthcare domain.
 
Operational efficiency: Seamlessly integrating video technology with existing building management and security systems for enhanced operational insights.
 
“The future of healthcare surveillance involves more AI, machine learning, and tech innovations,” said Alan Stoddard, CEO of Intellicene. “These aim to provide early warnings and prevent issues before they arise. The overarching goal is to achieve greater security while respecting privacy.”
 
“Integrating technology into healthcare is a journey filled with complexities but can be highly beneficial. With careful planning and measurable outcomes, the full potential of technology to transform healthcare can be achieved, benefiting both patient outcomes and operational effectiveness.” 

The future: a proactive vision

Experts agree that the future of healthcare surveillance lies in leveraging AI, machine learning, and other emerging technologies for real-time insights and preventative security. The goal is to transition from reactive responses to pre-empting incidents before they escalate, protecting assets and prioritizing the safety of patients and staff.
 
As technology continues to shape the healthcare security landscape, it is a prime time for integrators to leverage this wave of innovation. By offering tailored solutions emphasizing patient privacy, cybersecurity, and system integration, integrators will be at the forefront of safeguarding the modern healthcare environment.
 
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