New HIPAA Security Policies Templates Suite Offers HIPAA Security Jump-Start from Phoenix Health Systems

September 25, 2003

MONTGOMERY VILLAGE, Md., Sept. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Based on Phoenix Health Systems' most recent Healthcare Industry HIPAA Survey, only 5% of healthcare providers have implemented security changes required by the Federal HIPAA Security Rule. This, in a

MONTGOMERY VILLAGE, Md., Sept. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Based on Phoenix Health Systems' most recent Healthcare Industry HIPAA Survey, only 5% of healthcare providers have implemented security changes required by the Federal HIPAA Security Rule. This, in a time when destructive Internet viruses and computer hacking incidents are at an all time high. In response, Phoenix announced today that it has developed a comprehensive healthcare-specific set of "near-camera-ready" security policies to help hospitals and other providers implement required enterprise-wide security programs. The Policies Suite consists of 54 detailed, customizable security policies mapped to all major components of the HIPAA Rule, based on security industry best practices and standards, and fine-tuned to the realities of healthcare provider environments.

HIPAA legislation requires healthcare organizations to implement a complete security program to protect electronic health information. An important component is developing the organization's security policies -- a major, time-consuming task that takes strong security expertise and attention to detail. Policy language must reflect the Security Rule's complex requirements, yet be simple enough to be understood and applied by the entire organization's workforce.

The HIPAA Security Policies Templates Suite is unique -- the only comprehensive set of security policies designed specifically to meet the needs of healthcare provider organizations. Developed by certified security specialists with strong healthcare experience, the series may be purchased as a set, or policies may be bought individually via a perpetual license for indefinite use and customization, at a reasonable price.

To learn more about Phoenix Health System's HIPAA Security Policies Templates Suite's content, pricing, and secure online delivery visit http://www.hipaadvisory.com/Wares/Security/. To review the complete results of Phoenix' latest quarterly Healthcare Industry HIPAA Survey, conducted in partnership with HIMSS, go to HIPAAdvisory.com, Phoenix' nationally applauded HIPAA privacy and security knowledge resource.

About Phoenix Health Systems

Phoenix Health Systems, based in the Washington DC area, is a major healthcare information systems outsourcing and consulting firm with services in HIPAA compliance, security, IT strategic planning, clinical transformation, and revenue cycle enhancement. The firm's HIPAA related services lead the industry in expertise, respect and utility.

Phoenix Health Systems

CONTACT: D'Arcy Guerin Gue, Executive Vice President of Phoenix Health
Systems, +1-301-869-7300, dgue@phoenixhealth.com

Web site: http://www.phoenixhealth.com/