Coalfire® announced today that HIPAAcentral™, a new
compliance exchange and community, is growing rapidly as more than 2,000
business associates and covered entities have joined the network.
HIPAAcentral offers a comprehensive suite of solutions to simplify
compliance, security and risk management by providing vendor risk
management and self-assessment tools, training, templates, and
third-party validation services, as well as a compliance registry and
"The personal healthcare information risks to consumers are much worse
than other types of data breaches, and there is a lot of fear and
uncertainty throughout the industry. This is no longer just about
meeting HIPAA compliance mandates. There are significant civil, criminal
and financial penalties at the federal, state and local levels, not to
mention the potential for reputational harm that could threaten the
existence of healthcare organizations of every size," said Andrew Hicks,
healthcare practice director at Coalfire. "We have had enormous interest
in HIPAAcentral from th moment we offered trial access. Our goal is for
HIPAAcentral to become the industry standard and a trusted resource
where business associates and covered entities can easily find the
resources they need to manage HIPAA compliance and to navigate the
complex and rapidly changing regulatory environment," he added.
Since 2012, HIPAA data breaches have increased 138 percent, as reported
by covered entities to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
(HHS), and many more data breaches go unreported. According to the
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), there are over 500,000
covered entities and business associates.
Coalfire will be demonstrating HIPAAcentral at the 2014 HIMSS Annual
Conference and Exhibition at booth number 5073. Learn more about
HIPAAcentral at http://www.hipaacentral.com.
Coalfire is a leading, independent information technology Governance,
Risk and Compliance firm that provides IT audit, risk assessment,
security and compliance management solutions. Founded in 2001, Coalfire
has offices in Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Denver, Los Angeles, Orlando,
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. www.coalfire.com.
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