One of the major challenges is to ensure patient confidentiality and privacy is balanced against the need to protect against the risk of fire and intruders with malicious intent.
In environments where there may be sick people with limited mobility the need for a reliable fire alarm system has never been more important. The fire alarm must be capable of providing both audible and visible warning signals and the functionality to distinguish the area(s) affected by fire so that only those in danger are evacuated to safety.
Access control must allow freedom of movement within public areas, yet provide water tight security for restricted areas where drugs and expensive supplies or equipment are stored.
CCTV cameras in healthcare buildings can be useful in helping to deter or monitor crime in public areas, but the confidentiality implications of having a surveillance system in place and the legal obligations must also be fully understood.