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Hospital Logs Significant Time and Cost Savings with New GateKeeper Proximity Solution


Pilot Knob, MO. – Time is money for a busy hospital system. Thanks to the implementation of a new security and authentication system from GateKeeper, Iron County Medical Center in rural Missouri is saving both time and money with each shift – decreasing administrative work by 75 to 95 minutes per day and saving an average of $1,600 per month or more than $19,000 per year.

A recent case study from GateKeeper revealed that introducing proximity-based authentication and security provided financial savings and new, unexpected efficiencies. These savings allowed Iron County Medical Center to maintain imperative patient privacy policies without inconveniencing the staff.

Previously, Iron County Medical Center employees typed passwords more than 120 times an hour to unlock computers and HER (electronic health records). Further, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) privacy requirements led to duplicate logins and added auditing, creating inefficiencies and significant loss of valuable staff time. When the critical access hospital with limited resources sought a cost-effective authentication solution to reduce the burden on employees,
priorities included:

– reducing the number of required logins,
– automatically securing workstations,
– a password manager,
– and login activity automatically recorded for auditing purposes.

“Using the GateKeeper Enterprise software has raised our standard of security for our employees beyond our initial expectations,” said Mark Natale, IT Coordinator for Iron County Medical Center. “Our staff has more time to accomplish their important work each day and, at the same time, we have enhanced the security and compliance required by a critical access hospital.”

GateKeeper offers automated workstation defense, which ensures all computers in the family care clinic are locked while unattended for HIPAA compliance. 2-factor authentication was enabled form added security and auditing purposes. Virtual desktops allow each team member’s work to remain active and accessible from any computer while the person is present. Finally, a new GateKeeper Remote app from the Untethered Labs team provides users access to their password manager during virtual sessions on any PC throughout the entire hospital.

“The work that critical access hospitals such as Iron County Medical Center performs is vital to the health of communities across the country, and we were thrilled to present several customized solutions to make their lives and work easier and more effective,” said Dr. Sid Potbhare, CEO, GateKeeper. “They are reporting increased productivity as well as notable savings in time and money, so it’s smart win-win for both organizations.

To read the full case study, please click HERE to download or visit the GateKeeper website.

About GateKeeper
Automating security culture across the world, GateKeeper enhances corporate compliance and cyber security through mass automated authentication. Through efficient wireless authentication, GateKeeper protects networks from internal breaches and confidential data exposure with patented solutions that include two-factor authentication, centralized password management, and comprehensive auditing, all designed to reduce support time and costs while enhancing security and compliance.

For more information, please visit https://gkaccess.com/ or email info@gkaccess.com.

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AF Biomass ignites huge savings with PODFather


As an integral part of the wider AF Group, AF Biomass are straw merchants responsible for fueling three of the four straw fired power stations in the UK. In addition, they provide essential supplies to the agricultural sector in general, such as bedding and feed to farmers across the country, straw for mushroom compost and covering vegetable crops. They are seeing significant savings having introduced PODFather’s route planning and delivery management system into its operation. With over 500 farmers producing in excess of 110,000 tonnes of power station straw every year, AF Biomass needed a software solution capable of streamlining what was previously a very manual, and paper-intensive, process. PODFather is now used daily to plan straw collections from farms, and deliveries to power stations and a complex variety of customers within the food and energy supply chain. Within a matter of weeks of go live AF Biomass is reporting significant savings in the form of increased drops per vehicle, a 10% reduction in empty running and a per load saving of over £50.

“Before introducing PODFather we ran a paper-based process which was neither cost effective or time efficient,” comments Jon Wilson-Read, Logistics Administrator at AF Biomass. “With PODFather we have been able to revolutionise how we plan and manage our vehicle movements. It’s easy to use live route optimisation feature, and the level of visibility and flexibility it gives me, enabled us to quickly increase the number of loads on our vehicles from 1.5 to over 2. This has had a massive impact on the efficiency of our fleet and the cost to our business as we are now saving over £50 on every load, every day which is unprecedented.”

AF Biomass is now using PODFather every day and is gradually phasing out the old paper-based processes. Drivers have access to the PODFather smartphone app which enables the transport team to track movements, reallocate work on the fly, and share job information with drivers quickly and easily. Being able to track vehicle movements ensures farmers are kept informed about, and be ready for, straw collections and drivers have visibility of their power station ETAs. Power station deliveries can be monitored and logged in real time, helping AF Biomass keep active track of what is being moved, and delivered to where.

The movement of straw is inherently tricky as we need certain types of vehicles and specially trained drivers,” adds Wilson-Read. “With PODFather we now have visibility of what’s going on in real time and we’re being able to phase out our reliance on the movement of paper tickets around our business which is going to speed up all our processes, and ultimately maximise efficiency across our entire operation.”

“Paper tickets are the bane of so many transport operators lives yet so many still rely on them every day to run their businesses,” comments Colin McCreadie, Managing Director at PODFather. “With PODFather we are able to prove, time and time again, that you can eradicate paper for good with smart, intuitive technology that is both easy to use and effective in streamlining the flow of data across an organisation. We welcome anyone struggling with the inefficiencies of a paper-based operation to give us a call.”

PODFather Ltd – so much more than ePOD

Our software is helping businesses within the logistics, construction, field service, and healthcare industries to streamline processes, improve operational and financial efficiency, and eradicate paper. Our cloud-based delivery management software encompasses a range of features and functionality including; job management, route planning and optimization, vehicle checks, proof of delivery, driver and vehicle tracking, as well as invoicing and reporting modules. PODFather allows businesses to be better informed about the jobs they are managing, highlighting problems before they occur, making users proactive rather than reactive. Our customer base includes well-known names such as Tarmac, NHS, Bidfresh, Oxfam and Igloo, as well as many independent logistics and construction service operators. To find out more visit www.podfather.com.

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