Eclipsys, Healthlink to Jointly Provide Services to Facilitate HCOs' Compliance With HIPAA.
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Strategic Partnership to Offer Full Range of Solutions
to Achieve, Maintain HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act of 1996, Public Law 104-191) Also known as the "Kennedy-Kassebaum Act," this U.S. law protects employees' health insurance coverage when they change or lose their jobs (Title I) and provides standards for patient health, Compliance
Eclipsys Corporation(R) (Nasdaq:ECLP), The Outcomes Company(R), and Healthlink, the premier provider of information-technology consulting services Noun 1. consulting service - service provided by a professional advisor (e.g., a lawyer or doctor or CPA etc.)
service - work done by one person or group that benefits another; "budget separately for goods and services" for the healthcare industry, today announced that the two companies will join forces to assist healthcare organizations (HCOs) in complying with provisions of the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was enacted by the U.S. Congress in 1996.
According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) website, Title I of HIPAA protects health insurance coverage for workers and their families when of 1996 (HIPAA).
Under terms of the strategic agreement, Eclipsys and Healthlink will jointly offer a complete range of consulting services designed to facilitate HIPAA compliance, including educational briefings, strategic planning Strategic planning is an organization's process of defining its strategy, or direction, and making decisions on allocating its resources to pursue this strategy, including its capital and people. , readiness assessments, remediation services, project management, vendor management and training. Healthlink has assisted more than 200 HCOs with HIPAA compliance assessments. Eclipsys will also offer its customers a license to Healthlink's proprietary HIPAA TRAAC TRAAC Transit Research and Attitude Control (satellite) software, a Web-based application See Web application. that allows HCOs to create and maintain an inventory of all applications and equipment affected by HIPAA.
"HIPAA presents healthcare organizations with new challenges for data security and access, and Eclipsys has worked to ensure that our industry-leading Sunrise Sunrise, city (1990 pop. 64,407), Broward co., SE Fla., a residential suburb 8 mi (13 km) W of Fort Lauderdale; inc. 1961 as Sunrise Golf Village. It is a major office and commercial center and the site of Sawgrass Mills, one of the largest malls in the United States. (TM) solutions facilitate HCOs' efforts to achieve and maintain HIPAA compliance," said Harvey J. Wilson, Eclipsys chairman and CEO (1) (Chief Executive Officer) The highest individual in command of an organization. Typically the president of the company, the CEO reports to the Chairman of the Board. . "This strategic partnership with Healthlink greatly expands on those efforts by providing our customers with expert consulting services, which offer HCOs unmatched expertise in all aspects of complying with the HIPAA regulations."
Ivo Nelson, Healthlink president and CEO, noted that "Healthlink has one of the most advanced and experienced HIPAA compliance assessment divisions in the industry. This partnership will enable Eclipsys and its current and prospective clients to tap into this expertise, while offering Healthlink the opportunity to significantly increase its client base."
Compliance efforts take on new urgency
Earlier this spring, the Bush Administration announced that it will move forward with HIPAA regulations for safeguarding the confidentiality of patients' medical records, while ensuring both the security of and appropriate access to patient information. By April 2003, the U.S. government will guarantee Americans the right to review their own medical records, restrict the freedom of those who provide or pay for healthcare to disclose patients' information without permission and limit the information disclosed to the minimum necessary. The new regulations are driving HCOs to evaluate their current information-handling procedures and tools, as well as to reengineer care and business processes and to consider the implementation of new information technologies to improve their ability to be HIPAA-compliant.
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3. Tina Shapleigh, MD, president of Eclipsys' Business Solutions Group, which will work closely with Healthlink to offer Eclipsys customers a complete array of services designed to help them achieve HIPAA compliance.
Most organizations are now in the assessment phase, including strategic planning and education as well as risk assessment, gap analysis and implementation. Eclipsys and Healthlink will offer HIPAA-assessment services to speed this essential but time-consuming process, including educational briefings, readiness assessments, project management and assisting the HCO HCO Harvard College Observatory
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Healthlink's HIPAA TRAAC software is an invaluable tool for tracking and reporting remediation efforts. The application features a centralized cen·tral·ize
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2. inventory and requirements library containing the latest HIPAA-related vendor and regulatory information; a customized client inventory created and maintained from Healthlink's centralized "library" of applications, equipment and documentation; the ability to specifically select the information to be managed for the organization; and flexible management and reporting capabilities. HIPAA TRAAC helps HCOs streamline their HIPAA assessment and compliance management efforts, and assists in the resulting strategic decision-making process.
"We are very excited to be partnering with Eclipsys," said Elizabeth Johnson, Healthlink's executive vice president and national HIPAA practice leader. "The depth of our experience is unmatched in helping organizations in all phases of complying with HIPAA regulations -- the initial education; assessing all aspects of readiness; facilitating, implementing and monitoring compliance; and identifying opportunities for improving business processes impacted by HIPAA. With the regulation deadlines upon healthcare providers and plans, this partnership could not be timelier. We look forward to providing these solution services and tools as a partner to Eclipsys and its clients."
Eclipsys solutions aid compliance effort
Eclipsys' Sunrise solutions have been designed to facilitate HIPAA compliance by using the latest proven technologies and incorporating recognized standards for best practices as defined by the industry as a whole and Eclipsys' customers in particular.
The Sunrise Record Manager-Gold electronic document-management solution, for example, meets all of the final patient-privacy rules recently released by the U.S. federal government as part of HIPAA, and facilitates HCOs' transition from a paper-based system to an electronic medical record environment. Like Record Manager-Gold, Sunrise Clinical Manager and Sunrise Patient Financial Manager use tools that enhance workflow and processes while helping customers meet HIPAA's electronic data interchange See EDI.
(application, communications) electronic data interchange - (EDI) The exchange of standardised document forms between computer systems for business use. EDI is part of electronic commerce. (EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) The electronic communication of business transactions, such as orders, confirmations and invoices, between organizations. Third parties provide EDI services that enable organizations with different equipment to connect. ) standards, security components and privacy requirements. Eclipsys' eWebIT(TM) systems-integration solutions support HIPAA's dictate that health information be protected in any form by providing single information-system sign-on across Eclipsys and non-Eclipsys applications, handling all required electronic transactions, data authentication (1) Verifying the integrity of a transmitted message. See message integrity, e-mail authentication and MAC.
(2) Verifying the identity of a user logging into a network. , entity authentication and encryption The reversible transformation of data from the original (the plaintext) to a difficult-to-interpret format (the ciphertext) as a mechanism for protecting its confidentiality, integrity and sometimes its authenticity. Encryption uses an encryption algorithm and one or more encryption keys. , and managing all required communication/network controls. And Sunrise Access Manager supports HIPAA's patient-consent requirements by enabling HCOs to capture consent information at the point of registration and allowing immediate access (as appropriate) to the consent information from anywhere within the HCO.
For more information on Eclipsys products and services or the company's HIPAA-related activities, see the HIPAA Information page of http://www.eclipsys.com or email HIPAA@eclipsys.com. For more information on the Eclipsys Business Solutions Group's HIPAA and other services, email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eclipsys Corporation delivers end-to-end information solutions used by more than 1,400 healthcare organizations (HCOs) worldwide to balance and improve clinical, financial and satisfaction outcomes. The Eclipsys mission of "better healthcare through information(TM)" aligns with customers' goals and strategies of improving quality and efficiency of care. Sunrise(TM), Eclipsys' comprehensive software line, includes industry-leading integrated clinical, financial, health information, ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) An integrated information system that serves all departments within an enterprise. Evolving out of the manufacturing industry, ERP implies the use of packaged software rather than proprietary software written by or for one customer. and management information solutions. Sunrise solutions are built on a single, open, modular architecture -- e-healthSOURCE(TM) -- shared by the products of Eclipsys' HEALTHvision affiliate (see http://www.healthvision.com). In conjunction with HEALTHvision, Eclipsys provides locally branded Web-based customer relationship management solutions to healthcare delivery systems. Sunrise products are complemented by Web-based integration technology, ASP delivery options, wireless access and network solutions, business process reengineering See reengineering. and full IT outsourcing (1) Contracting with outside consultants, software houses or service bureaus to perform systems analysis, programming and datacenter operations. Contrast with insourcing. See netsourcing, ASP, SSP and facilities management. . For more information, see www.eclipsys.com or email email@example.com.
Healthlink is the largest privately held services company dedicated to the healthcare information technology industry. Healthlink delivers unmatched expertise in enterprise business and clinical processes, technology integration and implementation, and customized healthcare applications to the healthcare community. This expertise results in total solutions for managing and enhancing healthcare services through technology and process improvement. Healthlink is the result of a merger between HealthLink, Inc., and Insource Management Group (IMG IMG International medical graduate, see there ) in December 2000. For more information on Healthlink and its services, visit http://www.healthlinkinc.com.
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