OVER 1,000 items of IT equipment belonging to Ealing Hospital NHS Trust have been forensically marked using SelectaDNA, as part of an ongoing initiative to prevent and deter theft.
Ealing Hospital is a busy district general hospital in west London, and since the introduction of the SelectaDNA marking programme last year there have been ZERO reported IT-related thefts in 18 months.
Jyoti Howe, IT Project Manager said: “We had a problem with expensive IT equipment being stolen from open access areas in the hospital, which were not always manned.
“Patient records are only stored on the secure hospital servers, but certain non-confidential information can be downloaded onto the PCs, so it is important that they do not go missing. We have now marked over a 1,000 items including PCs, laptops, monitors and printers. There have not been any reported IT thefts since we started using SelectaDNA.”
The SelectaDNA solution comes in a kit and contains a unique DNA code that can link each marked item to an individual hospital. It does not damage the marked property in any way. If an item of equipment is stolen and later recovered by police, it could be traced back to the hospital. Criminals are also routinely scanned for traces of SelectaDNA in police custody suites. As a result SelectaDNA has a 100% conviction rate.
Ms Howe continued: “The product is very easy to use. We have been very pleased with the result. Replacing a new PC and monitor costs about £400 a time, so we need to make sure that they are well protected.”
Commercial SelectaDNA kits suitable for hospitals can mark 100, 500 or 1,000 items and can be purchased online at http://www.selectadna.co.uk. Each kit contains deterrent stickers for marked items and windows along with posters that could be put up on hospital premises and outdoor signage that could be fixed to outside gates or exterior walls.
For further information and images contact: Angela Singleton, Press Officer for Selectamark.
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