IT Shake-up for HIPAA compliance Tuesday 7 August 2001 PDF Print Enloe Medical Center rolls out 7M ASPire to enhance Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) compliance and save on hardwarecosts London and California 7th August 2001 SevenMountains Software announces that it has successfully completed the pilot phase of a major implementation of 7M ASPire - the Application Deployment Portal with California based Enloe Medical Center. The pilot phase was structured to allow Enloe to implement a proof of concept exercise, which tested the solution while providing 25 users with access to six applications with a single sign-on. Now that the pilot phase has been satisfactorily completed, Enloe plans to roll out 7M ASPire-enabled applications to all users. A key area that Enloe wanted to address was the need to provide a single sign-on regime to its users that would allow them to access any of the 30 applications currently in use. Another problem that needed addressing was how to overcome the huge burden presented by the need to keep the software on 700 workstations up to date. SevenMountains proposed a phased installation and deployment of 7M ASPire to allow effective planning, management, and deployment of the product, which would allow Enloe an opportunity to evaluate 7M ASPire under conditions of minimal risk. The next phase will be the rollout of applications that have been enabled with 7M ASPire, which will allow Enloe to control access to applications and patient data in a secure manner. This is one of the main issues that Enloe would have to deal with in order to remain compliant with HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) regulations. The implementation will also enable Enloe to re-utilize workstation hardware that would otherwise have to be replaced if Enloe had continued to implement new applications using a thick-client infrastructure. Scott Hill, Systems Analyst at Enloe comments: The promise that SevenMountains delivered on is that our users now require only one password to access many applications and network resources. All of the password and user information is managed in the background leaving the user to focus on work. Hill continues: In addition, the partnership with 7M gives us an opportunity to review and enhance HIPAA compliance. I can see many benefits and opportunities coming out of this relationship during the coming months. (ends) For further information, please contact: Press and analysts: Rose Ross Omarketing Tel: +44 (0)208 255 5225 E-mail: email@example.com BACKGROUND INFORMATION About HIPAA The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, also known as the Kennedy-Kassebaum Bill, was signed into law by President Clinton on August 21 1996. The prime purpose of the act is to guarantee that people whose employment circumstances change are ensured of continued health insurance coverage. However, amongst other things, the act also requires providers to ensure that patient data is kept secure and is only accessed by authorised personnel. These requirements are set out in a specific section titled Administrative Simplification, which includes sub-sections that encompass the privacy and security of patient data and access to individual patient health information. These regulations will affect everyone in the health care sector including insurance companies, physicians and health care support organisations. About Enloe Enloe Medical Center, a community owned, non-profit hospital providing Chico, CA and the North Valley with compassionate healthcare. The 391-bed facility is a major treatment centre with cutting-edge medical techniques for cancer therapy and cardiac care. Enloe also has the area's designated Level II trauma centre serving six counties. Enloe's many other specialty centres round out a full complement of healthcare services. About SevenMountains Software SevenMountains Software provides the tools that enable enterprises to centrally manage and administer all of their applications (Windows, Web, client/server, mainframe, etc.) within a single framework. More information at http://www.7m.com PHOTOGRAPHY AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST This press release was distributed by ResponseSource Press Release Wire on behalf of Omarketing Limited in the following categories: Consumer Technology, Personal Finance, Business & Finance, Computing & Telecoms, for more information visit https://pressreleasewire.responsesource.com/about.