Coalfire announced today the launch of HIPAAcentral,
a new compliance exchange that provides a comprehensive suite of
services for covered entities and business associates and their
subcontractors to manage, maintain and exchange healthcare regulatory
HIPAAcentral simplifies compliance management by providing vendor risk
management tools, training, templates, and third-party validation
services, plus an online compliance registry and knowledge exchange. The
service, which is available by subscription to both covered entities
(CEs) and business associates (BAs), utilizes standardized criteria for
compliance validation and actively monitors vendor compliance via
automated notifications, workflow management and expert support.
"The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is now actively
monitoring and enforcing the HIPAA Omnibus Rule, and too many healthcare
firms aren't prepared," said Rick Dakin, CEO and co-founder of Coalfire.
"HIPAAcentral is closing that gap by enabling subscribers to securely
exchange and verify compliance status."
As of Sept. 23, 2013, all covered entities, business associates and
their subcontractors were required to be in compliance with the HIPAA
Omnibus Rule, and are now facing increased financial and criminal
penalties for non-compliance. A survey
conducted by Coalfire in September found that a majority of business
associates reported being somewhat or completely unaware of their new
responsibilities under the Omnibus Rule, and fewer than half of business
associates reported being compliant.
The HIPAAcentral platform was developed with input from both the covered
entity and business associate communities, and provides a secure,
business-to-business network with access to training, templates, white
papers, alerts and other resources to track the complex and constantly
changing security and compliance landscape. The platform is based on
industry frameworks such as NIST 800-66, and the Office of Civil Rights
(OCR) audit protocol to meet the requirements of the HIPAA Security
Rule, as well as the IT security-related requirements of the HITECH and
the Omnibus Rule.
"The HIPAAcentral platform provides a game-changing solution for the
healthcare industry, combining expert GRC capabilities, industry
resources, education, and a community, business-to-business network,"
continued Dakin. "HIPAAcentral dramatically reduces the risks and
barriers to compliance and provides a simplified path to security and
compliance with increased efficiencies and decreased costs."
HIPAAcentral also provides for easy access to a full complement of
Coalfire and third-party GRC services to meet security and compliance
needs, and registered users are eligible to receive a discount for a
Coalfire compliance assessment.
Learn more about HIPAAcentral by visiting www.hipaacentral.com.
Coalfire is a recognized leader in IT compliance with more than 4,000
assessments, including hundreds for healthcare-related organizations.
Coalfire's expertise in HIPAA/HITECH compliance extends beyond
healthcare providers to include associated financial institutions and
service providers that fall under the newly implemented regulations as
part of the current healthcare reform.
Coalfire is a leading, independent information technology Governance,
Risk and Compliance (IT GRC) firm that provides IT audit, risk
assessment and compliance management solutions. Founded in 2001,
Coalfire has offices in Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Denver, Los Angeles,
New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington D.C. and Manchester, UK.
The firm completes thousands of projects annually in retail, financial
services, healthcare, government and utilities. Coalfire's solutions are
adapted to requirements under emerging data privacy legislation, the PCI
DSS, GLBA, FFIEC, HIPAA/HITECH, HITRUST, NERC CIP, Sarbanes-Oxley, FISMA
and FedRAMP. For more information, visit www.coalfire.com.
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