WPC Services Strengthens Security and Compliance Offerings in Wake of HITECH Preparations and Surging Data Breaches

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WPC Services Strengthens Security and Compliance Offerings in Wake of HITECH Preparations and Surging Data Breaches

Security practice team brings unparalleled experience and all-inclusive business approach to help healthcare organizations mitigate risk

Jan. 16, 2012

WPC Services, a full-service healthcare technology and business process consulting organization in Brentwood, Tenn., today announced that it is broadening the scope of its security consulting approach and offerings. The expanded security practice will meet healthcare organizations’ burgeoning demands for greater safeguarding of data and enhanced protection of business associates and patients against the exponential risk of data breaches, identity theft and fraud.

“We’re seeing an unprecedented need to provide broad and powerful security solutions to protect healthcare organizations from a variety of threats,” said WPC Services Chief Security Officer Brad Hutson. “Because of changing regulatory rules stipulating higher penalties for HIPAA violations, damage from any breach to a covered entity now has much greater impact. Losing millions of dollars due to a data security compromise can wipe out profit margins and damage reputations for years to come.”

WPC Services’ expanded security solutions incorporate an all-inclusive business approach in its assessment of HITECH and HIPAA security compliance efforts. WPC’s Security Development Lifecycle (SDL) analyzes the processes, people and technology that access sensitive data and mitigates the risk of mobile e-health data compromises.

Additionally, WPC’s security team has deep experience with federal and state government agencies. Leading the growing security leadership practice is Hutson, Stephen Sideris, data security lead, and Brian Weston, quality assurance lead. The team’s certifications include Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), Certified Cyber Security Analyst (CCSA), Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI), and Information Technology Infrastructure Library version 3 (ITILv3). Collectively, WPC brings more than 50 years of experience at large multinational companies and small businesses specializing in database, application and infrastructure security to protect sensitive data.

Meaningful Use and new payment models continue to spur active digitizing of clinical and financial data and processes that are generating an abundance of electronic protected health information (ePHI). HIPAA 5010 data processing requirements and the transition to ICD-10 codes are equally having an impact on ePHI management. As well, HITECH entails stringent security protocols along with increased enforcement of HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules and Breach Notification standards.

“Though patient data has long been a target for cyber criminals, activists and other malicious activities, the consequences are now greater than ever,” said Hutson. “This period of tremendous change in our industry demands intense scrutiny of how and where ePHI is developed, handled, monitored, accessed and used.”

“WPC was the original contractor to CMS for HIPAA transaction compliance so security and compliance is in our DNA. By focusing exclusively on healthcare, WPC leverages unparalleled industry experience and expertise ensuring a security offering that covers the many people, processes and technologies challenges in healthcare,” said Eric Mueller, president, WPC Services. “Our goal is to help our clients confront and overcome rapidly evolving healthcare security challenges while improving business operations.”

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About WPC

Seattle-based Washington Publishing Company (WPC) is the foremost and trusted authority on data integration for 30-plus years, including the last 15 in the healthcare industry. The company’s principal businesses include: EDI publications, technology solutions for data integration, and WPC Services, a full-service consulting organization in Brentwood, Tenn. WPC empowers healthcare providers, insurers and third-party organizations to meet compliance mandates and optimize operational performance to manage business change and problem solving, realizing their full potential. The company is the founding publisher of the ASC X12 products including HIPAA transaction sets.

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