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eGestalt's New HI-SCAN Tool Paves Way for HIPAA Security and Compliance Automation on the Quick52% of Security Breaches Are Caused by Business Associates (November 10, 2011)
SANTA CLARA, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 11/10/11 -- eGestalt Technologies (www.eGestalt.com), a leading provider of cloud-based, SaaS-delivered, security and IT governance, risk management and compliance solutions for SMBs to enterprises, announced HI-SCAN, a quick and inexpensive way for healthcare service providers to quickly identify and manage high-risk medical practices and business associates that are short on fulfilling HIPAA/HITECH compliance requirements. The HI-SCAN tool can be used by both medical providers and their many business associates -- contractors, hazardous waste collectors, blood work laboratories, et. al. -- that serve covered entities on a daily basis.
Says eGestalt President Anupam Sahai, "There are some 3 million medical providers and business associates who can use HI-SCAN to snap a valuable audit/assessment picture; to understand high-risk problem areas that need immediate attention in order to comply with HIPAA/HITECH and avoid being sacked by fines."
HI-SCAN is a low-cost self-assessment tool that can be added on to the base SecureGRC solution which can be used to e-mail a short questionnaire of 20+ critical requirements to flag areas of non-compliance. It helps medical practices gain control and improve more than 200+ HIPAA/HITECH compliance points, before they are flagged as serious problems.
Based on its results, users can quickly identify and prioritize the problem areas that need to be escalated. Given that medium to large covered entities deal with about 100+ BAs in the course of running their business, HI-SCAN is a quick solution for generating a quick audit/assessment, alerting both the CE and BA of problem areas in fulfilling their mandatory HIPAA compliance requirements and focus on the high-risk associates and consultants who need immediate attention.
"A critical aspect of doing business within the Healthcare community, and as required by HIPAA/HITECH, is anyone who has access to PHI, is bound by the same regulations as the customers they serve," added Sahai. "And the penalties for non-compliance are getting stiffer. It is no longer a paltry $100 as the fines have been raised to a maximum of $50,000. And if it is proven that you are willfully neglectful, the fines can increase from $25,000 to $1.5 million with criminal penalties."
Healthcare data breaches have affected nearly 11.6 million individuals, out of which 6 million records were irresponsibly handled by BAs. The average number of individuals per breach through the BA was 102,678. [Source: HHS]. http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/administrative/breachnotificationrule/postedbreaches.html
The Federal government has set aside $20 billion for upgrading the healthcare IT infrastructure by the year 2014 -- spelling a huge upside for the channel. Service providers can pursue federal 'meaningful use' dollars to the tune of $40,000 per qualified physician practice. SecureGRC generates the necessary reports for proving compliance.
eGestalt's channel strategy involves the certification of Managed Compliance Providers (MCPs), a channel program based around a proprietary "cookbook" that serves as an introduction and training guide for partners just getting started with delivering managed compliance services.
About eGestalt Technologies Inc.
eGestalt (www.egestalt.com) is a world-class, innovation driven, leading provider of cloud-computing based enterprise solutions for information security and IT-GRC management. eGestalt is headquartered in Santa Clara, CA, and has offices in the US, Asia-Pacific and Middle East. eGestalt was nominated Breakthrough Technology Vendor at XChange Americas, Aug. 2010, and selected by SiliconIndia among the "Top 10 Security Companies to Watch." Its SecureGRC application was voted runner-up in the Managed Services Category at XChange Tech Innovators, Nov. 2010. The company was selected by Everything Channel as a 2011 CRN Emerging Technology Vendor, and a 2011 Tech Innovator in the Managed Services category.
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