Hospitals face major security challenges. A large facility may have hundreds,or even thousands, of employees, vendors, contractors and visitors passing through each day. Then there are some of society’s most vulnerable – newborns, the elderly and critically ill – to protect, along with millions of dollars worth of equipment, pharmaceuticals and other valuable items to preserve.
In most hospitals, patients wear arm bracelets, while staff, contractors and regular vendors have photo ID badges. It’s the visitors that have been able to move about the facility without any identifying information.