Summit Security Group Signs Exclusive PartnershipOctober 10, 2012 | Healthcare IT News Staff - New Gloucester, Maine
Summit Security Group, LLC and OCHIN, Inc. have signed an exclusive partnership to support OCHIN members' compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Security Rule and Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act.
Based in the Pacific Northwest, Summit will provide technical information security advisory services to help OCHIN member organizations in 14 states meet federal information security requirements. The HIPAA Security Rule and the HITECH Act lay out stringent requirements for how providers and health centers of all sizes protect the electronic health information of their patients.
Summit's unique expertise in health care regulation and information security meets the diverse needs of OCHIN members, who use electronic health record (EHR) technology to keep patients' medical information accurate, accessible and protected. "Health care is a complex industry, and our professionals are on the front lines of managing technology risk and compliance in organizations large and small," said Summit Managing Director Daniel Briley. "We're thrilled to be able to help OCHIN members with the information security challenges of their individual organizations." Though HIPAA and HITECH Act regulations are specific, Summit understands that implementing efficient security compliance is a different challenge at each organization and requires fine tuning best practices to each environment.
OCHIN, a nonprofit collaborative, is one of the nation's largest health information networks and includes Oregon Health & Science University, Pacific University, Multnomah County Health Department and Clackamas County Public Health Department. Its members work together on information technology and optimized practice management to offer patients better care supported by efficient and secure EHR solutions.
"Our partnership with Summit will benefit OCHIN members and their patients," said Phil Skiba, OCHIN Vice President of Business Development. "Summit's personalized expertise allows our members to make the most of their electronic systems while protecting patient information and we are excited to welcome Summit into the OCHIN family."
Summit's services are available to support the HIPAA security goals of health care providers nationwide.
Summit Security Group meets the specialized information security needs of clients in the fields of health care, finance and higher education. Based in the Pacific Northwest, its team encompasses more than 50 years of real-world industry experience and offers expert guidance in governance, security management, and regulatory compliance. Its information security advisory services focus on helping clients with risk and vulnerability management, policy and procedure development, and security awareness and training. Summit emphasizes best practices tailored to organizations of all sizes, strengthening information security without disrupting operations. For more information, visit www.summitinfosec.com.
OCHIN is one of the nation's largest and most successful health information networks. It is nationally recognized for its innovative use of health care IT to improve the integration and delivery of health care services across a wide variety of practices, with an emphasis on safety net clinics, small practices, critical access and rural hospitals. To date, OCHIN operates in 14 states and supports 57 health center networks and over 4,000 medical providers who serve over a million patients. More information is available at www.ochin.org.