Automatically locking PC
Posted on 2005-04-21
I am trying to comply with requirements for HIPA in a dental practice.
The inspectors want to insure that when the dentist walks away from the PC that it is locked where no one can see the data. They recommend that we use a timed screensaver (3-5 minutes) with password protection. This does get the job done somewhat, however it is a royal pain for the dentist. What happens is that he gets gloved up and begins working on the patient, the screen saver comes on, then when he needs to view the patients x-rays, he now has to touch the keyboard (which is not sterile) to unlock the screensaver, causing him to reglove.
What I would like to do is have a security device (ie; smartcard, proximity device or some type of usb security device) that the dentist inserts or wears to unlock the screensaver or perhaps turn on video or monitor and when removed will turn on the screen saver or lock the video. This way as long as the dentist is there with his security device plugged in he can work but when he leaves and takes his device the data is not accessible. We do not want to have to touch the keyboard (no PIN). A proximity device would be best. Different users all need to be able to access the same computers. Any ideas?