Advanced Access Control Helps With Real-Life Management and Processes
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Access control not only monitors the entrance and exit of a facility but ties in closely with payroll and time and attendance, enhancing total people and process management.
Albert Einstein Health Care Network Stays Connected Through HID Global
Albert Einstein Health Care Network (AEHN) in Philadelphia, U.S. is a large health care system that comprises four hospitals, seven campuses and about 50 off-site primary care physician and surgical center locations. The medical center and its network host 1,200 beds, 6,000 employees, 1,200 staff and voluntary physicians, 10,000 visitors per day and more than 100,000 emergency room patients per year. The health care system needed to replace the employees', doctors', volunteers' and other medical staff's badges with ID smart cards featuring the network's new logo while integrating its payroll system into the new badges.
For this project, AEHN selected HID's readers, smart cards and badge personalization service to replace the 300 existing swipe card readers and produce 7,000 new personalized smart card badges. To ensure a seamless transition for employees, HID offered dual-technology smart cards that worked on both existing and new systems.
HID's badge personalization service printed 50 cards that were tested over two payroll cycles before formal adoption to guarantee that AEHN's payroll system worked accurately and flawlessly with the smart cards.
Once it confirmed the payroll and ID cards were fully integrated, AEHN provided a database of employees and their photos so the badges could be printed and encoded off-site at the card production facility. Within four weeks, AEHN had 7,000 newly branded badges incorporating the new technology.
Since adoption of the new smart-card badges, other departments have integrated other functions, including single sign-ons to computers, AEHN information security enhancement, and cashless vending, integrating cafeteria and vending systems to work with the payroll system.
Future plans for the multiapplication platform include tracking employees' mandatory vaccinations and adding credentials of physicians for visiting doctors in case of a disaster. Down the road, AEHN is hoping to integrate access control cards with medical records and patient information as well.