Enhanced DigitalPersona Pro Supports HIPAA and HITECH Compliance Initiatives, Secures Electronic Health Records and Streamlines Operational Processes
ORLANDO, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- HIMSS2011
DigitalPersona, Inc., a global provider of authentication and endpoint protection solutions, today announced the company is showcasing the latest version of DigitalPersona® Pro for healthcare providers at the HIMSS11 annual conference and exhibition. DigitalPersona Pro helps healthcare providers meet data protection requirements of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act. The solution also simplifies the transition to Electronic Health Records (EHR), provides fast, secure access to personal health information (PHI) and streamlines operational processes to enable faster patient care without compromising data security. Show attendees can view demonstrations of DigitalPersona Pro at booth #3076 from February 21-23, 2011 in Orlando, Fla.
A recent study by the Ponemon Institute of more than 65 healthcare organizations showed that data breaches in the past two years cost organizations an average of up to $2 million each1, demonstrating a need for a stronger data protection solution. Healthcare organizations strive to have strong data protection across a broad set of network endpoints in order to meet HIPAA requirements. Many healthcare providers are also working to roll out EHR initiatives by 2014 to meet HITECH’s financial incentive deadlines. And while data protection and regulatory compliance are critical business issues for health providers, the ability to have fast access to patient information to efficiently and effectively service patients is equally important to doctors, nurses and other staff. The DigitalPersona Pro suite assists healthcare providers in meeting these requirements at a cost savings of as much as 50 percent when compared to separate point security products.2
“Whether it is at a nurse’s station, in the patient room or in administrative offices, doctors and staff need a way to quickly and securely access our EHR system,” said Carl Zani, information systems director at Memorial Hospital of Union County. “Since deploying DigitalPersona’s solution, we have been able to secure work flow within our computerized physician order entry (CPOE) and meet a variety of federal and state mandates, such as the Ohio Board of Pharmacy’s electronic prescription regulation. DigitalPersona Pro has allowed us to secure access to critical patient data, while simultaneously improving our overall efficiency and reducing IT costs.”
DigitalPersona Pro integrates strong authentication, access control and data protection into a single, security solution. DigitalPersona Pro enables organizations to establish policies that restrict access to a diverse set of endpoints, including nursing stations, shared workstations typically found in patient rooms, administrative office PCs and laptops used by doctors away from the hospital. Key benefits include:
- Strong Data Protection – Laptops used by doctors storing EHRs are kept secure using full disk encryption to protect data if a device is lost or stolen.
- Regulatory Compliance – Healthcare organizations can address data protection requirements within HIPAA and HITECH by securing access to patient records through strong authentication and integrated full disk encryption. With DigitalPersona Pro, users' authentication credentials can be used at each computer within the domain, providing access to only the information to which they are granted.
- Increased Productivity/Faster Patient Care – Doctors and nurses can securely log on to their applications from any PC with the support of kiosk-style shared workstations. Authorized employees may quickly access patient records and digitally sign prescriptions and documents remotely with their fingerprint to streamline the authorization process.
“Healthcare organizations must meet the rapidly-evolving ‘meaningful use’ requirements of HITECH, while also satisfying strict federal and state mandates,” said Jim Fulton, vice president of marketing, DigitalPersona, Inc. “DigitalPersona provides hospitals and clinics an end-to-end solution, from the point of care to the back office, that increases security and cuts IT costs. Our healthcare solution allows doctors and nurses to focus on patient care by streamlining system and application login, while enforcing strong security practices to maintain PHI security and compliance.”
DigitalPersona, Inc. is a global provider of authentication and endpoint protection solutions that make security simple, practical and affordable for businesses of all sizes. The company helps enterprises, government agencies, custom application developers and independent software vendors to efficiently address growing security, compliance and fraud-prevention demands. DigitalPersona’s award-winning technology is offered by market-leading computer manufacturers and solution providers around the world. For more information contact DigitalPersona, Inc. at: +1 650.474.4000, or visit www.digitalpersona.com.
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1 The Ponemon Institute, available at http://www.itbusinessedge.com/slideshows/show.aspx?c=85046
2 DigitalPersona Pro Enterprise Ultimate Package providing Full Disk Encryption, Strong Authentication and Single Sign-On list price compared with publicly available list price for comparable solutions comprising all three features as of (9/16/10).
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