Hospitals in the U.S. are experiencing a rise in crime, according to the 2014 Healthcare Crime Survey released by the International Association of Healthcare Security and Safety Foundation (IHSSF). The survey looked at rates for 10 different categories of crime: murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, simple assault, disorderly conduct, burglary, theft, motor vehicle theft and vandalism. However, the rise in violent crimes like murder and rape are of the greatest concern.
According to IHSSF President Steve Nibbelink, the increase in violent crime is the result of:

People coming into the hospital sicker which is “driving destructive behavior from patients and their family members,” and
Hospitals doing a better job at reporting crimes.

The goal of the report is to provide hospitals with data they can use to help prevent future crimes. Facilities need such metrics to understand the safety challenges they are facing, so they can create a more secure environment for patients and staff.
Type 2 versus Type 1 Assaults
One trend that stands out to the lead author of the survey, Karim H. Vellani, CPP, CSC is the number of Workplace Violence Type 2 assaults versus Type 1 assaults. Type 2 assaults are “directed at employees by clients, patients, etc. for whom an organization provides services to,” while Type 1 assaults are “violent acts by criminals with no connection to the workplace.”
According to Vellani, hospital security departments spend a lot of time focusing on Type 1 Workplace Violence incidents, when they should be spending more time combating Type 2 assaults. In the surveyed hospitals, 75 percent of all aggravated assaults were Type 2.
A Different Kind of Security System
Since Type 2 assaults involve people who are connected to the hospital, the high percentage of these types of incidences proves how important it is for you to engage with every person who enters your facility. But how do you balance the need for security with the reality that countless numbers of people need to go in and out of your facility every day?
Dr. Gabor Kelen, chair of emergency medicine at Johns Hopkins University and director of the Center for the Study of Preparedness and Catastrophic Event Response said it best when he said, “Securing a hospital is very different. It is meant to be a welcoming place. The idea of turning it into Fort Knox is not really doable.”
Hospitals need a different kind of security system—one that lets people in, instead of keeping them out. With IntelliCentrics SEC³URETM, you can, for the first time, credential and privilege every individual who enters your healthcare facility. Inspired by the long standing practice of privileging medical staff, SEC3URE allows you to credential and privilege, in advance, each person who goes into your hospital. You can now ensure that every person has gone through a thorough, but relevant, screening and verification process based on their role.
“Without a doubt, in order to deliver quality patient care, healthcare organizations require a safe and secure environment,” says Mike Sheehan, CEO of IntelliCentrics. “Using SEC³URE, healthcare organizations are now able to engage with every single person entering their facility so that the organization’s policies and practices can be applied consistently and universally.”

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