BEAVERTON, Ore., July 21 /PRNewswire/ -- ID Experts((R)), the leader in data breach prevention and remediation, today announced Breach Prevent for Healthcare, a customizable set of services designed specifically for healthcare organizations to easily and cost-effectively comply with the new HITECH Act privacy regulations.
The HITECH Act expands HIPAA's privacy rules with specific data breach notification requirements - that will be enforced as early as September 2009 - for compromises involving protected health information (PHI). Enforcement could result in increased and sometimes mandatory penalties with maximum fines ranging from $25,000 to as much as $1.5 million. And HIPAA's reach now extends beyond healthcare organizations to cover business associates including billing services, collection agencies, accounting firms, and others that provide services to the health care industry. Adding to the complexity, the new HIPAA requirements generally do not preempt state law, meaning that health care providers could be required to comply with both HIPAA's data breach notification requirements as well as state notification laws.
"Fully complying with HIPAA and the HITECH Act is a complex undertaking. An organization that fails to achieve full compliance and, as a result, suffers a data breach could face substantial imputed and out-of-pocket costs, class action litigation, and enforcement actions by state or federal authorities," said Philip L. Gordon, chair of Littler Mendelson's Privacy and Data Protection Practice Group. "Companies that take proactive measures including, when needed, resorting to resources with extensive expertise in privacy, compliance, and breach response could help minimize the risk of a security incident and the associated costs."
Regulations aside, a data breach can hurt an organization's credibility and can carry huge medical and financial risks to the people whose data is lost. Breach Prevent for Healthcare can help organizations review all aspects of PHI security and data breach readiness, including:
"Meeting the HITECH privacy requirements is a challenge and we have learned firsthand where healthcare organizations need help," said Bob Gregg, CEO of ID Experts. "Organizations need to take a comprehensive approach to protecting PHI for the well being of their business and their patients, from risk assessment, to protection and security measures, to having processes and planning in place. Our experience working through hundreds of data breaches can offer tested solutions for the healthcare community."
Availability and Pricing
ID Experts' Breach services and offerings are already in use by hundreds of major U.S. corporations, healthcare organizations and government agencies. Breach Prevent for Healthcare is available immediately. For more information, please visit http://www.idexpertscorp.com/breach/prevent-healthcare/ or call ID Experts at
About ID Experts
ID Experts provides data breach solutions, risk assessment, forensic investigation and fully managed victim identity restoration to corporations, financial institutions, healthcare organizations and government agencies. As a leader in data breach prevention and remediation, the company has managed hundreds of data breach events, protects millions of individuals from identity theft and authored the Identity Crime Victim's Bill of Rights. ID Experts is actively involved with industry organizations including ANSI/Identity Theft Prevention and Identity Management Standards Panel, International Association of Privacy Professionals, Internet Security Alliance, and the Santa Fe Group. For more information, visit http://www.idexpertscorp.com/.
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