CynergisTek and Davis Wright Tremaine Announce HIPAA Audit Readiness and Response Solutions Portfolio

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Leading Healthcare IT Security Company Partners with Top Law Firm; Launches Solutions and Legal Services for OCR Audit Compliance

Austin, Texas, April 24, 2012— CynergisTek, an authority in security and privacy solutions and services for healthcare organizations, announced today that it has partnered with Davis Wright Tremaine LLP (DWT), a nationally-recognized law firm focusing on health information technology (HIT), to create the HIPAA Audit Readiness and Response Solution Portfolio. The joint offering provides a range of solutions and legal services designed to prepare healthcare organizations for the Office for Civil Rights’ (OCR) HIPAA Audit Program to ensure compliance in this new era of heightened enforcement. Investigation and response support services, for those that are selected for audit or subject to an OCR investigation, are also a key offering in the portfolio. The portfolio will expand to include CMS audit readiness and response solutions related to security measures associated with meaningful use.

“HIPAA compliance programs and practices vary greatly across the industry as does the audit readiness posture of covered entities. We recognized the significant need for a solution series that provides organizations with the tools and services to both prepare for and respond to the increasing rigor of audits that we are seeing from OCR and we expect from CMS,” said CynergisTek CEO, Mac McMillan. “We developed the HIPAA Audit Readiness and Response Solution Portfolio based on lessons learned in our work supporting one of the first 20 organizations selected for the pilot phase of the OCR HIPAA Audit program. It represents our firsthand, in-depth knowledge of the audit process, and each major milestone in the process from the initial notification and documentation request, to the site survey process, and the reporting phase. This experience and the contributions of DWT HIPAA team partner and former OCR official, Adam Greene, are the foundation upon which this entire portfolio was conceived and designed.”

CynergisTek and DWT designed the HIPAA Audit Readiness and Response Solution Portfolio to meet the unique needs of all healthcare organizations, regardless of resource level or compliance objectives. The services included in the portfolio range from a true-to-life, invasive mock audit, to a less disruptive review of organizational policies and procedures related to the HIPAA privacy and/or security rules. All solutions can also be performed under the direction of DWT, which provides the benefit of legal consultation and a claim of attorney-client privilege governing the engagement. The full solution portfolio includes:

  • CynergisTek-Davis Wright Tremaine HIPAA Audit Toolkit
  • Audit Readiness Training Program
  • Audit Response Readiness Exercise
  • Mock Privacy and Security Audit
  • Legal Privacy Policy Review
  • Security Policy Review
  • Privacy Policy and Operational Audit
  • Security Policy and Operational Audit
  • IT Security Risk Assessment
  • Privacy and Security Program Design and Remediation
  • Real-Time Audit and Investigation Assistance

“HIPAA enforcement is here,” said Adam Greene, Partner, DWT. “The healthcare industry has seen a flurry of highly consequential legal action around HIPAA compliance and data breaches over the last year, and I expect the trend to accelerate. By working with CynergisTek, we are able to offer a well-informed, well-rounded set of solutions that address healthcare privacy and security compliance from a legal, technical and operational standpoint. I believe the services we have developed will benefit any organization hoping to avoid the often monumental financial, reputational and legal ramifications that can result from an inadequate HIPAA compliance program.”

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. For more information visit www.cynergistek.com, call 512.402.8550 or email info@cynergistek.com.

About Davis, Wright Tremaine LLP

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP is dedicated to providing excellent legal services, and delivering them in a manner customized to each client’s particular needs and preferences. DWT’s health information technology (HIT) and HIPAA practice group has decades of experience helping clients develop practical privacy and security policies and procedures, plan and implement health information sharing networks and exchanges, and acquire and implement health information technology. For more information visit www.dwt.com or e-mail adamgreene@dwt.com.

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