PIMS Partners with GTE Federal Credit Union for Disaster Recovery Initiative

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Homeland Security protected data center adds to PIMS strategy for secure patient record keeping.

Physicians Independent Management Services, Inc. (PIMS), a nationwide medical billing and practice management services provider, announced today they entered into a strategic arrangement with GTE Federal Credit Union (GTE). This agreement will allow PIMS to utilize GTE’s state-of-the-art data center for secure patient record keeping in the event of a disaster. The partnership will bring a new level of security to PIMS’ clients.

Understanding the extreme importance of providing uninterrupted access to patient information, a remote data center that could offer the highest level protection was sought out. PIMS’ high standards of security were met when offered the ability to utilize the Category 5 rated data center of GTE. The data center, which is contained within a Homeland Security Protected building, serves as the disaster recovery site for a government municipality and other credit unions across the state of Florida. Fed by two separate power grids, the site is also powered with two 1000 megawatt generators, 6,000 gallons of fuel, and first access to fuel in the event of a disaster.

PIMS’ disaster recovery initiative is only the latest in its attempt to ensure physician clients are compliant with both the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”), and with the recently enacted, Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act. With sizeable penalties enforced by Health and Human Services, maintaining HIPAA compliance is imperative within the healthcare industry. The HIGHTECH Act increased penalties even further in its quest to ensure protected health information (PHI) is not only protected and secure, but continuously available. Those who are now found to be non- compliant can be held personally liable in addition to sanctions imposed to the company/practice. PIMS’ contingency planning under this latest arrangement with GTE further allows for all of its clients to remain compliant with industry regulations impacting the healthcare sector.

“PIMS recoveries, through automated failure procedures and self-correcting systems, will now be even more dynamic, as our critical data can be restored almost instantaneously at a remote site,” said Jhamaul Hanner, PIMS IT Manager. “We are excited by the opportunity to partner with a local service provider, who is a pillar in the community, and offer our clients the business continuity they come to expect.”

About PIMS:

Founded in 1998, Physicians Independent Management Services, Inc. (PIMS) is one of America’s leading full-service Medical Billing and Practice Management Services companies, also offering a robust Laboratory Information System focused on anatomic pathology practices.

http://www.pims-inc.com

Media Contacts:
Physicians Independent Management Services, Inc. (866) 944-0404
Dr. Keith Pautler, MD, President pautlerk(at)pims-inc(dot)com (813) 490-7206 (W)
Chris Hazelwood, CPA, CFO hazelwoodc(at)pims-inc(dot)com (813) 490-7279 (W)

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