How to Keep Your Private Practice Well Secured
October 4th, 2019
As a private practice owner, you function as not just a doctor, but also as a business owner. As one, you have a responsibility to ensure the security of everyone in your practice: yourself, your patients, and your staff. It’s also necessary to secure the protection of high-value medical equipment, as well as sensitive patient and business documents.
Why You Should Take Private Practice Security Seriously
There are several reasons why you should start prioritizing your practice’s security, including the following:
- The nature of your specialty - Protecting yourself and your practice is all the more important if you are in the mental health field. Some patients with emotional and psychological issues may become aggressive during consultation or therapy. Practitioners need to apply safety measures to protect themselves from unexpected incidents.
- Monitoring staff’s performance - Installing a security camera system allows you to monitor not just patient and guests’ activities, but the performance of your staff as well.
- Availability of visual evidence - The primary function of CCTV cameras is to record what’s happening in your practice. In the event of assault, robbery, or accidents, security camera footage shows what occurred at a certain time.
- Instant call for help - By installing an alarm system and panic button, you can instantly call the attention of neighbors and authorities in case of emergencies.
- A lot is at stake - Ensuring the security of your private practice not only protects you and other people from physical harm. It will also help protect your business and reputation.
Private Practice Security Tips
Private practitioners need to consider various safety factors, including initial consultation procedures, office layout, escape plans, and security device installations. To cover the basics, consider following these tips:
- Design your office wisely - Your office should be designed in such a way that you can go out as soon and as fast as possible in case of an emergency. Ensure that your desk is close to the door. You should also ensure that items that can serve as a weapon are out of easy reach.
- Devise an interruption plan - Think of ways to send a signal to your staff or colleague that you need them to interrupt a heated situation. You may consider installing a switch or button hidden under your desk that when pressed, will send a discrete signal to your staff outside the office.
- Avoid late-night work - As much as possible, don’t stay in the office late and alone. Furthermore, if you are scheduled to see a patient with a tendency to get aggressive, make sure you’re not alone in the office.
- Secure sensitive documents - Make sure that both physical and online documents are well-protected. Keep physical documents in a locked drawer or safe. Meanwhile, online documents are best encrypted and password-protected.
- Install a Security Camera System - Security cameras let you and your staff monitor high-traffic areas in your practice, including entrance and exits, the reception area, your office, and storage, among others.
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