OSHA blog: After Boston, is it time to rethink healthcare security?

Patient Safety Monitor Insider

January 28, 2015

I’m no healthcare security expert; I just write about it. So, someday, someone is going to have to explain to me how this stuff works.

Why is it that in this day of heightened security, it seems to be more difficult for me to get an appointment with my primary care doctor than it is for me to walk into a hospital with a gun, ask for a doctor by name, and then be able to walk into an exam room with him for a one-on-one meeting and shoot him?

The ease with which something like that can occur became startling clear to me last week in my own city of Boston, when a man walked into Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and shot dead a cardiologist before turning the gun on himself and committing suicide.

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