The pandemic has accelerated the adoption of new security strategies and measures to limit the spread of infection while protecting people and property
CARMEL, Ind., April 5, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Today, Allegion US, a leading provider of security products and solutions, released the results of a healthcare survey that provides insight into hospital trends and challenges of today. This survey, “2022 Health Care Trends Report: A Study on How Health Care Facilities Are Use Technology to Meet the Demands of the Changing Landscape,” includes contributions from 100 decision makers from major U.S. healthcare systems, including Ascension Health, HCA Healthcare, Medicine Johns Hopkins and Kaiser Permanente.
Beyond PPE and contactless access control, the study uncovered how COVID-19 has accelerated the adoption of new safety and security measures aimed at protecting people and physical property. Many strategic initiatives around door hardware and access control have since been adopted, with more planned for the coming months.
In 2016, Allegion conducted a similar study, providing a benchmark for recent developments around electronic access control adoption, which were on the rise prior to 2020. Over the past five years, electronic usage has evolved and there are more accommodations for patients with disabilities and behavioral health conditions.
“Healthcare has long been a dynamic market due to continuous advancements and new technologies on the medical front,” said Connie Alexander, Senior Lead for Primary Research and Ideas. “Our research reveals that we are now seeing unprecedented change in other aspects of healthcare environments, particularly with regard to the safety and security of patients, property and staff.”
The main trends and challenges examined in the report are described below:
Impact of the pandemic“The past two years have devastated the healthcare industry in many ways and profoundly changed the way healthcare institutions operate.
Surface transmission strategies—While infection control has always been a top priority in healthcare, COVID-19 has forced institutions to adopt new solutions.
Strategic initiatives and planning—Looking ahead, healthcare industry leaders expect to see security-related initiatives expand over the next 12 months.
Adoption of electronic access control—Adoption has intensified across the healthcare market over the past five years, particularly among large facilities located in urban and suburban markets. Common areas with electronic door hardware include operating theaters, nurseries, behavioral health units, and equipment rooms.
Patient accommodation“Facilities have become more accommodating to patients of all abilities and needs. The pandemic and increased focus on mental health are cited as key drivers of these changes.
Priority to staff satisfaction—Hospitals and other facilities appear to value their employees and prioritize staff satisfaction, which can be attributed to the impact of COVID-19 on this workforce.
Allegion works with healthcare facilities to provide flexible security and access control offerings that meet the demands of today’s patients and staff. For more information, visit allegion.com/hospital-trends. For more information on key findings, register for Allegion Security’s upcoming webinar in 30, Healthcare Insights in a Rapidly Evolving Landscape, at April 15 to 12:30 p.m.
Data source: Allegion. Survey of 100 key decision makers in US hospitals (including C-suite, purchasing and supply, facilities and operations, clinical and service lines, and safety and security); 30-minute blind survey; to be eligible, makers had to have worked with, purchased, or recommended one or more types of door hardware, access control, or both in the past 12 months; from August to September 2021.
Allegion (NYSE: ALLE) is a global pioneer in transparent access, with leading brands such as CISA®Interflex®LCN®Schlage®SimonsVoss® and von Duprin®. Focusing on security around the door and adjacent areas, Allegion secures people and property with a range of solutions for homes, businesses, schools and institutions. Allegion had $2.9 billion revenue in 2021, and its security products are sold worldwide. To learn more, visit www.allegion.com.
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