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  1. Research Suggests Alzheimer’s More Deadly Than Estimated

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    At Accutech Security, we are keenly aware of the rapidly increasing need for facilities that can accommodate those with Alzheimer’s and the particular challenges of serving this population. A report from the Alzheimer’s Association suggests that in the United States, a new person develops Alzheimer’s disease or some other form of dementia every 67 seconds. That is equal to 470,000 Americans this year alone. Without advances in prevention and/or treatment, it is projected that the rate of people suffering from Alzheimer’s in the United States will triple by the year 2050–from 5 million currently to about 13.8 million.

    This population requires unique care and protection. Wander Management provided by RFID-enabled systems like ResidentGuard allow facilities to monitor residents at risk of elopement without impeding the movement of other residents or impinging on the dignity of anyone. A new study examining how cause of death is determined suggests that it is possible that Alzheimer’s disease might actually be responsible for killing more than 500,000 people in the United States each year. If this data is supported by subsequent research, it will make Alzheimer’s the third leading cause of death (in the U.S.) behind heart disease and cancer. As currently estimated it ranks sixth with more than 83,000 deaths each year. These numbers dictate how research funding is allocated and such a huge increase would have a significant impact on the attention being focused on this epidemic.

    The National Institutes for Health 2014 research budget lists $5.6 billion for cancer, which affects roughly 13 million people in the United States, and about $562 million for Alzheimer’s disease, which is currently affects roughly 5 million people.

    “By my math, funding is 10 times higher for cancer than Alzheimer’s disease and, per capita, about four times as high,” said Bryan D. James, an assistant professor with the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center, who led the study recently published in the journal Neurology. “Determining the true effects of dementia in this country is important for raising public awareness and identifying research priorities.”

    Scientists studying Alzheimer’s disease estimate they will need $2 billion a year for 10 years to conduct research that will make a difference in prevention and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. Due to increase research attention and funding, James added that “In the past 10 to 15 years, we’ve been able to make major strides in terms of the death rates from cancer, heart disease, HIV and AIDS. Now it’s time to make a similar investment in Alzheimer’s.”

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  2. Accutech Systems Withstand CPU Failure

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    Modern hospitals and nursing facilities use an array of computer and software driven technology to provide top-notch care. Storing and accessing medical records, monitoring, communication as well as security are all dependent on the speed and reliability offered by computers. But what happens when these machines fail? As the story of Banner Health’s computer problems at the end of February shows, sometimes critical healthcare systems must overcome hardware and software failures with no advance warning.

    The IS 3200 software-enhanced wander management system from Accutech Security delivers advanced reporting, notification and resident identification features through an interface run on top of Microsoft Windows. During a computer failure (hardware or software), the essential resident monitoring and egress alert functionality remains. Even with the computer system turned off, if an RFID tag (worn by a resident) enters a protected area, an alert is sent via multiple channels. This system can be integrated with nurse call, electronic access control (EAC), closed-circuit television (CCTV), fall detection and other existing security mechanisms within the facility. The same thing is true with our Cuddles Infant Protection System - the essential egress and alert features guarding infants from abduction in hospitals and birthing centers continue to operate even without the software functionality.

    All Accutech systems are manufactured in the United States, installed and serviced by a vast network of authorized dealers, and backed by the industry’s most comprehensive customer support program. Both the ResidentGuard wander management systems and the Cuddles Infant Protection systems come with a comprehensive support program giving you peace of mind when you need it most.

    • Free 24-hour technical support

    • one-year, non-prorated warranty on all parts and services

    • Free software updates

     

     

  3. Cuddles Infant Protection Solution – Total Cost of Ownership

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    Hospitals and birthing centers protect their newborn patients from the threat of abduction through the use of a perimeter based, RFID-enabled security system. It is important for the staff tasked with researching and implementing these solutions understand how they work, the customization options that are available to meet specific needs, and what considerations go into calculating the total cost of ownership for the life of the system. Providing high quality infant protection in a hospital environment is easier and more affordable than ever with Cuddles Infant Protection system from Accutech.

    An RFID-enabled infant protection system has different hardware components that combine to create an alert when an infant wearing a bracelet enters into a protected area, goes beyond an unauthorized exit, or the bracelet itself is removed. The soft bracelet has an RFID tag attached to it. The tag transmits a signal at a specific radio frequency that can be identified by a controller (receiver) placed near a point of egress. Hardware costs generally consist of enough controllers to cover all of the points of egress in a facility, bracelets, and tags to be attached to the bracelets. While a newborn baby only needs to wear one tag on a bracelet around his/her arm or leg, extras and replacements are needed since they require battery power to operate and need to be replaced.

    Understanding the total cost of ownership also means calculating installation costs, maintenance costs (support), software upgrades and training. Accutech’s Cuddles infant protection systems maintain the safety of infants in obstetric and pediatric departments at a lower total cost of ownership to you, and have a wide range of features providing options to fit any need and budget. Our initial hardware costs consistently beat the price of competing systems, and Cuddles integrates easily with other security and access control systems your facility may already have in place–protecting investments you have already made. With free 24-hour technical support, free software upgrades and a local dealer network, we make it easy to add this critical protection to your facility. Accutech is the most trusted name in RFID security. We have been a leading manufacturer of advanced electronic monitoring and security systems since 1985 and our specialized, RFID-enabled solutions have been installed in more than 5,000 locations worldwide. In a recent customer survey, 100% of respondents said they would recommend Accutech products to a peer. Almost 60% said that Accutech’s sales support was above average or excellent, and over 90% said the same about our technical support..

    Replacement RFID tags are a continuing cost of owning an infant protection system. Accutech’s unique infant tags can be turned off when not in use – saving battery life (there is no expiration date). A simple LED light assures your staff that the tag is on; And our tags simply last longer than competing systems. We guarantee them for a year, but most last at least 18 months. With a Cuddles infant protection system, you will experience significant savings on replacement tags over the life of the system.

    Installation costs, training time, the ability to upgrade, replacement components, operation costs, and responsive customer support all contribute to the total cost of ownership of an infant protection system in well run hospitals and birthing centers. Cuddles is able to meet the budget and demands of facilities large and small while integrating easily with the existing systems your staff uses every day: electronic access control (EAC), closed-circuit television (CCTV), paging, etc. With 24 hour technical support,  well-built reliable hardware, the availability of local installation and service technicians and long-life tags that turn off when not in use, Cuddles from Accutech Security delivers infant protection solutions at a lower total cost of ownership than any competing product. All Accutech systems are assembled in the United States, installed and serviced by a vast network of local authorized dealers – Quality and service you can depend on. Learn more about Cuddle infant protection.

    The Accutech advantage:

    • More than 25 years in RFID security–we helped to build the security industry, and we continue to lead it today.

    • To date, our patented patient security solutions have been installed in more than 5,000 locations worldwide.

    • All of our systems come with 24-hour technical support, and our extensive certified dealer network means local service anytime you need it.

    • Accutech products work seamlessly with your existing systems–saving you and your staff time and resources.