Industry Thought Leader, Mac McMillan, to Discuss Best Practices for Privacy and Security in the Era of Stage 2 Meaningful Use and OCR Audits

Austin, Texas, September 14, 2012— CynergisTek™, an authority in enterprise security and privacy solutions and services for healthcare organizations, today announced that its CEO and Chair of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Privacy and Security Policy Task Force, Mac McMillan, will speak at five education sessions this month:

McMillan will provide attendees with a foundational understanding of the most significant IT security challenges currently facing healthcare today, including the implications of Meaningful Use and other regulatory initiatives. In addition to his general update on current industry trends, McMillan will also share lessons learned from CynergisTek’s experiences providing consultative services to multiple entities chosen to undergo the pilot phase of OCR’s HIPAA Audit program.

“The latest regulatory shifts towards a more stringent set of healthcare IT security standards have increased the pressure on organizations to get their security house in order. Simultaneously, recent hacker activities, like the extortion incident in Illinois, have demonstrated that the stakes are much higher than simple regulatory compliance,” said McMillan. “Both these trends have driven very strong demand for our expertise and unique perspective, and I am looking forward to sharing some of those firsthand lessons and best practices around preparing for new threats and regulations at these upcoming events.”

CynergisTek’s solutions and services are specifically designed to help healthcare organizations improve their security posture, facilitate compliance, advance operational efficiency and foster trust. CynergisTek’s managed and on-demand solutions address the fundamental elements of information security management, including:

About CynergisTek

CynergisTek is an authority in healthcare information security and privacy management, regulatory compliance, IT audit and advisory services, business continuity management, security technology selection and implementation, and secure IT infrastructure architecture and design solutions. The firm offers practical, manageable and affordable consulting services for organizations of all sizes and complexity. Using an organized, planned and collaborative approach, CynergisTek applies multidisciplinary expertise to serve as partner and mentor, to enhance the consulting experience and, ultimately, clients’ compliance and business performance. CynergisTek participates in and contributes to HIMSS, AHIMA, HFMA, HCCA, AHIA and other industry bellwether organizations.