Best Practice Partners to Provide Risk Analysis & Assessment to Oldest Statewide Health Information Exchange IN U.S.

Best Practice Partners (BPP), a leader in health information technology optimization, is pleased to announce an engagement with the Delaware Health Information Network (DHIN), the nation’s oldest statewide health information network, to provide a risk analysis and assessment of the DHIN’s privacy & security environment. Only 20% of Health Information Exchanges (HIEs) nationwide have had such an assessment performed.

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“Our philosophy is that information security is a business enabling function, reducing risk, lowering costs, and protecting the brand,” said Mark Stevens, BPP VP. "This is particularly true for HIEs and their Business Associates."

West Chester, PA (PRWEB) November 21, 2013

Best Practice Partners (BPP), a leader in health information technology optimization, is pleased to announce an engagement with the Delaware Health Information Network (DHIN), the nation’s oldest statewide health information network, to provide a risk analysis and assessment of the DHIN’s privacy & security environment using selected and appropriate criteria from the National Institutes of Standards & Technology (NIST) and other appropriate Federal and Delaware state law and regulations. The HIPAA Omnibus Rule went into effect September 23rd, and it’s estimated only 20% of Health Information Exchanges (HIEs) nationwide have had such an assessment performed.

Best Practice Partners has a proven information security consulting practice with specific experience building successful information security programs in the healthcare industry that has strict regulatory requirements regarding protection of sensitive information. Best Practice Partners also operates on a federated partnership model, drawing when necessary on the skills and expertise of outside individuals and organizations that represent Best Practices in their respective fields for the benefit of its clients. For its work with the DHIN, Best Practice Partners partnered with IT security leader, Reclamere, Inc., of Tyrone, PA.

“Our philosophy is that information security is a business enabling function, reducing risk, lowering costs, and protecting the brand,” said Mark Stevens, Best Practice Partners Vice President, and former Executive Director of the Pennsylvania eHealth Initiative. “This is particularly true for Health Information Exchanges (HIEs) and their Business Associates,” Stevens continued. “And as such, an enterprise approach to an information security program is essential to ensure alignment with business objectives and values. Sound governance, the transparency of oversight, clearly articulated business-oriented policies, and culturally-aligned training all contribute to the staff behavior modification that implements security.”

Angie Singer Keating, CEO of Reclamere, Inc., BPP’s partner and the project’s lead onsite coordinator agreed, saying “We understand that not all businesses have the resources to implement costly technical solutions, and strive to identify practical, low cost solutions to meet security control requirements without becoming a barrier to organizational objectives.” Keating, who has spent the past 10 years specializing in computer forensics, data recovery, data destruction, security incident response, information technology risk management, and system auditing, concluded, saying “With experience establishing information security programs, and a mindset to deliver solutions tailored to the healthcare model, we are well positioned to fulfill the information security needs of the DHIN and similar organizations.”

The Delaware Health Information Network’s (DHIN) roots reach back to 1997 when the Delaware General Assembly enacted the organization as a public/private partnership. The objective was, and remains today, to advance the creation of a statewide health information network that addresses our state’s needs for timely, reliable and relevant health care information. In 2007, the DHIN “went live” – meaning it became the first operational statewide health information exchange in the nation.

BEST PRACTICE PARTNERS is the partner of choice for the world's leading pharmaceutical, provider, payer, and healthcare organizations, helping them better harness the power of their data through innovative training, consulting, communication, and IT optimization solutions. For more information, please visit http://www.bestpracticepartners.net.


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