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FishNet Security Collaborates With Microsoft to Deliver Identity Access and Management for Healthcare

FishNet Security to Develop Clinical Application Resource Extension (CARE) Solution to Provide Clinical Application Provisioning From Forefront Identity Manager 2010 (February 20, 2012)

KANSAS CITY, MO -- (Marketwire) -- 02/20/12 -- FishNet Security announced today it will collaborate with Microsoft Corp. to provide new software functionality that enables health system customers to provision clinical applications through Microsoft Forefront Identity Manager 2010 (FIM 2010).

"For healthcare providers, the integration between identity management platforms and clinical applications plays an important role in improving caregiver effectiveness," said Phil Lentz, chief identity strategist at FishNet Security. "Efficiencies are a result of fewer IDs and passwords, 'zero day' account set-up for newly hired caregivers, enablement of caregivers to reset their own passwords, and the establishment of the correct clinical system access demanded by a caregiver's job responsibilities."

FishNet Security is developing the Clinical Application Resource Extension (CARE) to connect the capabilities of proVision, acquired from Sentillion, with FIM 2010. Healthcare organizations soon will be able to use FishNet Security's CARE to automate the provisioning of users' accounts and access entitlements to key healthcare applications.

The accelerated adoption of IAM solutions in the healthcare sector has been spurred by HITECH & ARRA, with the desire to best align with Meaningful Use and specifically address the increased HIPAA security requirements. In addition to regulatory alignment and caregiver benefits, maturing the security posture through IAM can help reduce user administration costs through automation and self-service.


"We're pleased to collaborate with FishNet Security to ensure health systems can easily apply the power of FIM, an enterprise-class identity and access management solution, to their unique health IT environments," said Nate McLemore, general manager, Microsoft health solutions group. "Hospital IT departments will be able to easily provision user accounts to the applications their caregivers rely on most while benefitting from the scale and self-service benefits of FIM."

Earl Perkins, research vice president in the Security and Privacy group at Gartner, said: "Enterprises in healthcare delivery frequently have manual processes for creating identities that depend upon phone calls, emails, spreadsheets and other ad hoc tools. Recording and delivering an audit trail for these processes is very complex. An integrated IAM platform can provide transparency to the fulfillment process and go far in reducing security risks, avoiding delays in receiving vital access to resources, and improving overall productivity of IT and the business."

While healthcare providers continue to leverage IAM platforms to improve organizational and clinical performance, further value in IAM is being found in support of the acquisition trends of physician groups. In addition to growth, healthcare providers are attempting to mature infrastructure and prepare for future cloud-based applications adoption. Combining these business drivers to an already challenging regulatory compliance roadmap further supports the strategic relationship between FishNet Security and Microsoft.

The development effort for FishNet Security's CARE is underway and those considering adoption are encouraged to begin the planning process now. This will help providers address the "last mile" of user management, extending the value of FIM to such applications as EMR, CPOE, PACS and clinician portals.

About FishNet Security
FishNet Security is the No. 1 provider of information security solutions that combine technology, services, support and training. Since 1996, the company has enabled clients to manage risk, meet compliance requirements and reduce costs while maximizing security effectiveness and operational efficiency. FishNet Security is committed to information security excellence and has a track record of delivering quality solutions to over 5,000 clients nationwide. For more information about FishNet Security, visit www.fishnetsecurity.com, www.facebook.com/fishnetsecurity and www.twitter.com/fishnetsecurity.

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FishNet Security
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