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RiskWatch, Inc., a provider of risk analysis and security compliance software, has introduced HIPAA-WATCH FOR SECURITY 9.2, the newest version of the company's widely used 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,  risk analysis software for the healthcare industry.

RiskWatch's HIPAA-WATCH FOR SECURITY is the most widely utilized risk analysis software, used by hospitals, health plans, academic medical centers, insurance companies and third-party healthcare providers. Upgrades and functions added to this new version include a complete risk analysis implementation plan and data collection guide for the HIPAA risk analysis.

Additional new features include new data collection tools, a project plan in both MS Project and Excel, complete sample reports, and a full HIPAA security requirements library, plus a management guide, suggesting how to present the results of the risk analysis to management.

RiskWatch's HIPAA-WATCH FOR SECURITY software provides a complete solution for healthcare organizations who are seeking a way to automate the risk analysis that can be used to baseline and benchmark security for protected health information protected health information Health informatics Any individually identifiable health informatlon that is used or circulated by an entity that falls under the governance of HIPAA; the privacy regulations mandate safeguards for protected health information, and the , as HIPAA requires. The solution is perfect for other groups who must comply with HIPAA guidelines, including service providers, medical laboratories, pharmacies, and data warehousing See data warehouse.

data warehousing - data warehouse
 and storage firms who must also meet the HIPAA security requirements.

"After comparing other products in this space, we selected HIPAA-WATCH as our corporate HIPAA risk analysis tool. Following the training class, my Information Security Analysts were able to immediately develop a distributed analysis program and deploy it to three hospitals and 12 clinics. I would recommend RiskWatch to hospitals that wish to cut manpower costs, yet need to reach into the corners of their enterprise," said Dan Sedano, manager of Information Security at Community Medical Centers, when asked why he selected HIPAA-WATCH for their organization to meet the HIPAA Final Security Rule. Community Medical Centers provide a full continuum of care, from preventive education and outpatient services outpatient services Hospital-based services Managed care Medical and other services provided, to a nonadmitted Pt, by a hospital or other qualified facility–eg, mental health clinic, rural health clinic, mobile X-ray unit, free-standing dialysis unit Examples  to intensive hospital treatment, including 16 facilities with three acute-care hospitals, outpatient and ambulatory care ambulatory care
Medical care provided to outpatients.

ambulatory care,
n the health services provided on an outpatient basis to those who can visit a health care facility and return home the same day.
 facilities, rural clinics as well as long-term care facilities long-term care facility
See skilled nursing facility.

"Despite the sheer breadth and complexity of the HIPAA Final Security Rule, RiskWatch's software actually makes the risk analysis process simple enough for any organization to perform," said Gary Swindon of Orlando Regional Healthcare Orlando Regional Healthcare is a system of non-profit hospitals serving the Greater Orlando area. There are nine hospitals in the system in six locations.

The headquarters for the system are located on the campus of Orlando Regional Medical Center south of Downtown Orlando,
 Systems. "The newest HIPAA-WATCH FOR SECURITY walks users through the compliance analysis process in a systematic and easy-to-follow manner. Additionally, the RiskWatch team works closely with our customers to provide a human touch that even the best technology can't provide."

HIPAA-WATCH FOR SECURITY guides the user through the entire security risk analysis process, including how to value information assets, how to identify relevant threats, and how to identify organizational vulnerabilities by measuring how users actually do their jobs and carry out their security responsibilities. As well as assisting in the management of the risk analysis, the software performs the analysis for you and writes the complete risk analysis report, including Return on Investment and Cost Benefit Analysis. The software also contains a full set of the actual CFR CFR

See: Cost and Freight
 HIPAA requirements, so you can choose the areas you want to include in your analysis. It comprises both the addressable Reachable. When something is addressable, it can be identified and manipulated independently of its surroundings. For example, screen pixels and RAM memory are addressable. Each of the screen's picture elements can be individually turned on and off, and each of the memory's bytes can be  and required elements of the Final Security Rule, the Final Privacy Regulation, and an extensive summary of Best Practices that incorporate the leading federal information security best practices.

About RiskWatch

RiskWatch provides security risk assessment and compliance software that automates the risk analysis and process, creating a holistic risk management program. As a provider of risk assessment software since 1993, RiskWatch products are available for information security & ISO (1) See ISO speed.

(2) (International Organization for Standardization, Geneva, Switzerland, An organization that sets international standards, founded in 1946. The U.S. member body is ANSI.
 17799 standards, physical & homeland security Noun 1. Homeland Security - the federal department that administers all matters relating to homeland security
Department of Homeland Security

executive department - a federal department in the executive branch of the government of the United States
, facilities security, maritime/seaport security, HIPAA, force protection, and supply chain security.

RiskWatch software is used by organizations like the federal government, state and local government, the U.S. Department of Defense, the National Security Agency (NSA NSA
National Security Agency

Noun 1. NSA - the United States cryptologic organization that coordinates and directs highly specialized activities to protect United States information systems and to produce foreign
), and hospitals, academic medical centers, health plans, insurance companies, and thousands more.

RiskWatch can be found on the World Wide Web at

For more information, call 410/224-4773, x105.
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