|[February 24, 2014]
Coalfire and HealthShare Montana Partner to Help Support Healthcare Customers
DENVER --(Business Wire)--
Coalfire and HealthShare Montana announced today their partnership to
offer compliance management services to healthcare-provider customers
across the State of Montana.
The new partnership will offer services through HIPAAcentral, a
compliance management exchange developed with input from both the
covered entity and business associate communities. HIPAAcentral provides
a secure, business-to-business network with access to training,
templates, white papers, alerts and other resources to track the complex
and constantly changing security and compliance landscape. The platform
is based on industry frameworks such as NIST 800-66, and the Office of
Civil Rights (OCR) audit protocol to meet the requirements of the HIPAA
Security Rule, as well as the IT security-related requirements of the
HITECH and Omnibus Rule.
"Coalfire is excited to partner with HealthShare Montana in what is
quickly becoming the 'Angie's List' of healthcare compliance -
HIPAAcentral. This is a game-changer for every organization in the
healthcare ecosystem that faces HIPAA compliance obligations. Covered
entities (CEs) get a cost-effective way to manage their compliance
requirements while removing the hassle of continuous compliance
monitoring," said Andrew Hicks, healthcare practice director at
Coalfire. "Business associates and subcontractors get a quick and easy,
'one-and-done' solution for HIPAA compliance management with the benefit
of high visibility in the market as a compliant provider of services,"
he went on to say.
As of Sept. 23, 2013, all covered entities, business associates and
their subcontractors were required to be compliant with theHIPAA
Omnibus Rule and are now facing increased financial and criminal
penalties if they do not oblige. A survey conducted by Coalfire in the
fall of 2013 found that a majority of business associates reported being
somewhat or completely unaware of their new responsibilities under the
final Omnibus Rule.
"Healthcare organizations of all types are facing increased HITECH Act
compliance issues and are expected to closely monitor their vendors in
order to assure patients' personal health records are protected," said
Brad Putnam, executive director of HealthShare Montana. "By partnering
with Coalfire, HealthShare Montana is providing Montana healthcare
organizations with access to a tool to affordably and efficiently manage
their technology vendors and protect their patient's personal health
information. The risks of not managing your vendors are just too great
to ignore any longer," he added.
Coalfire will be demonstrating HIPAAcentral at HIMSS 2014 in booth
number 5073. Learn more about HIPAAcentral at http://hipaacentral.com.
Coalfire is a leading, independent information technology Governance,
Risk and Compliance (IT GRC) firm that provides IT audit, risk
assessment and compliance management solutions. Founded in 2001,
Coalfire has offices in Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Denver, Los Angeles,
Orlando, New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington D.C. and
Manchester, UK. The firm completes thousands of projects annually in
retail, financial services, healthcare, government and utilities.
Coalfire's solutions are adapted to requirements under emerging data
privacy legislation, the PCI (News - Alert) DSS, GLBA, FFIEC, HIPAA/HITECH, HITRUST,
NERC CIP, Sarbanes-Oxley, FISMA and FedRAMP. For more information, visit www.coalfire.com.
About HealthShare Montana
Headquartered in Billings, HealthShare Montana is the state-designated,
non-profit organization for electronic health information exchange.
Health information exchange allows doctors, nurses, and other healthcare
providers to privately and securely share a patient's vital medical
information electronically-reducing the need for the patient to
transport or relay their medical history between health professionals.
This will result in better communication between patients and providers,
leading to increased healthcare safety, quality, and value. For more
information, visit www.healthsharemontana.org.
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