The most important feature is the capability to have an audit trail of who has accessed the medication box.
Houston, TX (Vocus) May 14, 2010
Houston-based Proximity Systems (http://www.proximitysystems.com ) has shipped its first large order of its patent-pending LAN Based Electronic Lock Management System for use in its retractable, wall-mounted computer workstations.
The order from Clear Lake Regional Medical Center, for server software and more than 100 clients, follows four successful pilots at different hospitals throughout the country.
The new locking system simplifies and streamlines user and lock changes and offers reporting and audit capability. The locking system is used for WorkStations located in hospitals and other healthcare facilities.
“Our pilots have confirmed that this innovative product not only automates the tedious task of manually re-programming electronic keypad locks, but also provides important audit and reporting data for management,” said Jeremy Goza, Director of Business Development, Proximity Systems.
Each pilot lasted between 6-12 months, depending on the hospital. The locking system was used in a variety of settings, including post-partum and surgical units. The locks were used to secure supplies and medications.
“The most important feature is the capability to have an audit trail of who has accessed the medication box,” said Ley Samson, Senior Director of IT&S, Clear Lake Regional Medical Center. “This helps us comply with The Joint Commission’s medication security and storage requirements. Each staff uses his or her badge, so the audit report gives us a unique identifier and a time stamp when the transaction took place.”
“User administration can be done remotely, which saves time,” Ley explained. “In our case, a licensed staff is designated to provision access for every nursing unit. They like having the capability to grant and remove access as needed.”
The locking system combines hardware components and proprietary client/server software with an intuitive user interface for administrators to add, delete, or modify user and lock information from a central location. In addition, the software has a searchable and sortable reporting capability and offers administrators information about who accessed the cabinets at what time. The locking hardware connects directly through the PC in the workstation, eliminating the need to run additional cabling.
“We look forward to working with Clear Lake Regional Medical Center and other hospitals and clinics to help them simplify and streamline their locking systems,” Goza said.
The new locking system can be ordered with new Proximity Systems’ retractable wall-mounted computer workstations, and many older multi-compartment workstations can also be retrofitted with the new locking system.
Proximity Systems is a Houston based company that designs, engineers and manufactures customizable, wall-mounted, retractable WorkStations that improve workflow, enhance efficiency and optimize floor space by integrating equipment, meds/supplies and patient information at point-of-care. Visit http://www.proximitysystems.com for more information.