HID Global has enabled the Albert Einstein Healthcare Network to simplify the re-badging of more than 7,000 personnel following the firm’s spin-off and corporate re-branding, while also migrating to higher-security contactless smart card technology.
The network’s first objective was to re-badge personnel at the organization’s four hospitals, seven campuses and approximately 50 offsite primary-care physician and surgical-center locations.
Its technology integrator, Siemens, chose HID’s dual-technology iCLASS readers and smart cards to replace the organization’s 300 existing Wiegand swipe readers. Because the iCLASS readers support both legacy magstripe cards and contactless cards, the provider was able to make a smooth, transition to the ID cards across multiple campuses in many different geographical regions.
The network produced its 7,000 new dual-technology badges using HID Identity on Demand services, rather than producing the badges in-house. This enabled the health care provider to complete its re-badging production run in four weeks, with minimum involvement from its protective services team.
The personalized credentials were tested over two payroll cycles including demonstrating full compatibility with Albert Einstein Healthcare Network KRONOS payroll system. Another 3,000 badges were developed with iCLASS secure contactless technology, only, since AEHN will eventually replace all legacy Wiegand magstripe technology with secure iCLASS reader and card technology.
Since adopting the new smart-card badges, the network’s departments have integrated other functions including single sign-on to computers, which enhances information security, and cashless vending, which integrate the health care providers cafeteria and vending systems with its KRONOS payroll system. Future plans include tracking mandatory employee vaccinations, adding physician credential information for disaster preparedness, and integrating medical records and patient data.