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Healthcare Facilities Turn Increasingly to eCylinders to Reduce Liability
Date:4/20/2010

Traditional locks alone can’t track access or identify patterns of abuse with regard to patient records, controlled substances.

Salem, VA (PRWEB) April 20, 2010 -- Healthcare facilities increasingly are choosing eCylinders, also known as electronic or digital lock cylinders, and digital keys to protect patient data and controlled substances, and to satisfy regulatory requirements.   

“We use two Logic eCylinders on the door to our controlled substances dispensary,” says Dr. Lawrence Bentvena of the Mid County Rehab Clinic in Lantana, Fla. “From a regulatory standpoint, this system removes a lot of the question as to who has access.”

Mid County installed two eCylinders on the opening so that the door could function as a Dutch door – with the options of opening the door’s top only, or opening the whole door. Dr. Bentvena also specified two keys – one of which is programmed to allow access only during business hours and the other which is a 24-hour key that he holds.

“It’s foolproof security, as near as we can figure,” Bentvena adds.

eCylinders’ appeal, aside from serving as a physical barrier preventing unauthorized access to secure areas, is the data the locks can provide – a security feature that’s an increasingly important tool in regulating access because it can identify both suspicious access trends and attempts to gain unauthorized access.

“A lock’s primary function, whether it’s a mechanical lock or a digital lock, is obviously to control who can access something,” says Tom Kaika, President of Medeco High Security Locks. “eCylinders accomplish this function, but with the added benefit of tracking who is accessing or attempting to access asset storage areas, when they’re doing it, and how frequently. That data is in
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