Regulatory Changes and Industry Thought Leadership Fuel Dramatic Rise in Need for Privacy and Security Solutions
Austin, Texas, May 15, 2012 — CynergisTek, an authority in enterprise security solutions for healthcare organizations, announced today that the company has responded to increasing demand for its services by expanding its solutions portfolio and partnerships. Heightened regulatory requirements and enforcement, coupled with increased awareness of the company through CynergisTek’s ongoing speaking and writing for industry associations and publications, have led the company to expand its portfolio of solutions to help organizations adopt best practices for managing IT privacy and security.
In the first quarter (Q1) of 2012, CynergisTek announced two solution series aimed at addressing challenges of HIPAA—Surveyor and the HIPAA Audit Readiness Solution Portfolio. The company’s Surveyor Solution Series, which includes Surveyor for Business Associates (SurveyorBA) and Surveyor for Providers, is designed to ensure the compliance of “those people or entities that perform certain functions or activities involving the use or disclosure of protected health information (PHI) on behalf of, or by providing services to, a covered entity” (according to the HITECH Act).
To develop the second new offering, the HIPAA Audit Readiness Solution Portfolio, CynergisTek collaborated with Adam Greene, Esq., partner with the nationally recognized law firm, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP (DWT). In response to providing consulting and advisory services to an organization selected for OCR’s HIPAA Audit Pilot Program, CynergisTek worked with DWT to create a portfolio of audit readiness services designed to evaluate and improve and organization’s compliance with HIPAA/HITECH. All services 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 engagements.
“We have come to one of the most complex and critical times in the history of healthcare information security and privacy,” said Mac McMillan, CEO, CynergisTek. “Not only have we seen a huge increase in regulations in these areas, but now there are more organizations held accountable than ever before, which has increased demand from all corners of the market. Our goal is to address this new demand and continue to help providers, Business Associates, and organizations manage their operational requirements, regulatory mandates and enterprise risk as they navigate in this era of reform.”
Thought leadership work by McMillan and the CynergisTek team has also contributed to increased demand for the company’s solutions. In 2011, CynergisTek took part in nearly 40 central live presentations and webcast events, sat for nearly 100 interviews with key healthcare media and industry organizations, and had dozens of articles published in national healthcare industry media outlets. CynergisTek will continue to dedicate its recognized thought leaders to the pursuits of publishing, presenting and serving on key committees in the areas of healthcare security, privacy and compliance.
“This momentum is very exciting for CynergisTek, especially because we are beginning to feel like the industry is finally catching up to where we have anticipated that it needed to be for a long time now,” said Stephanie Crabb, VP, client services, CynergisTek. “Privacy and security have always been of the utmost importance to us, and Mac and our team of experts have worked tirelessly to increase awareness and deliver high-impact services and solutions that effectively secure our industry’s critical patient data and safeguard the public trust around that data. We are thrilled that the industry is not only listening but taking action, and we look forward to continuing to provide support and best practices for healthcare IT privacy and security.”
CynergisTek’s solutions and services are specifically designed to help healthcare organizations improve their security posture, protect patient privacy, facilitate compliance, advance operational efficiency and foster trust. CynergisTek’s managed and on-demand solutions address the fundamental elements of information security management, including:
- Strategy and Governance
- Compliance and Risk
- Technical Vulnerability Management
- Managed Security Solutions
CynergisTek is an authority in healthcare Information security and privacy strategy and program management, compliance and risk, technical services and managed security solutions for the healthcare industry. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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