The Security Week That Was: A Recap - Feb. 25-Mar. 3, 2006

SIW Editor Geoff Kohl gives a weekly surveillance of news shaping your profession

Healthcare buildings have a unique challenge. They have to be open enough to allow quick movement of patients, secure enough to make sure drugs don't "check out" from internal pharmacies, private enough to ensure that patient information doesn't end up in the wrong hands, accessible enough for visiting family to feel like they're not in a prison...and the list goes on. Part of the challenge many hospitals have seen is that they often have very expensive equipment moving among secured and unsecured areas. To prevent this equipment from walking off to the black market, the UK's National Health Service is turning to RFID tagging of high-priced equipment. Not only should it provide an operational benefit of being able to know where a piece of equipment is, the RFID program should cut down on thefts, too.