Nashville, TN (PRWEB) May 03, 2011

Clearwater Compliance, a leading HIPAA-HITECH consultancy, today announced the launch of the Clearwater HIPAA Security Assessment™, an interactive navigator designed to guide companies that handle electronic Protected Health Information to full HIPAA compliance.

“Since the HITECH Act passed in 2009, HIPAA compliance has become a fundamental risk management issue for executives in all organizations that create, receive, maintain or transmit electronic Protected Health Information – not just covered entities, but business associates as well,” said Bob Chaput, founder and CEO of Clearwater Compliance. “The HIPAA Security Rule requires these organizations to complete an initial compliance assessment covering 22 security standards and 53 implementation specifications prescribed by the regulations. Our assessment navigator simplifies that process and makes compliance less overwhelming by guiding the user through each step of the process.”

HIPAA Security Assessment Product Launch videoThe Clearwater HIPAA Security Assessment helps companies ensure compliance with compulsory administrative, technical and physical security requirements stipulated in the HIPAA Security Rule and specifically the requirement to complete a periodic Evaluation (45 C.F.R. §164.308(a)(8)). The assessment is also a precursor to qualification for meaningful use reimbursement incentives because it prepares the healthcare organizations to complete a HIPAA Security Risk Analysis specified under Meaningful Use Stage 1 requirements.

Risk managers utilizing the Clearwater HIPAA Security Assessment are led through a series of interview questions regarding the current state of the organization’s HIPAA compliance. The application rolls up the responses into executive level dashboards, providing a snapshot of the current level of compliance and a tool to measure ongoing progress. To guide efforts to improve the level of compliance, the navigator automatically populates a risk remediation plan, outlining corrective steps that need to be taken once the compliance assessment is completed.

As an added benefit for subscribers, Clearwater Compliance continually monitors HIPAA-HITECH compliance regulations and updates the assessment tool in real time to automatically reflect any changes in the regulations. Subscribers have ongoing access to the compliance assessment, its dashboards, reports and remediation planning to measure continued progress. Additionally, subscribers receive monthly updates on HIPAA-HITECH and have access to online support and vast privacy, security and data breach resources. The Clearwater HIPAA Security Assessment can be used as frequently as an organization requires, as specified in the regulations, to ensure ongoing compliance and offers document upload and management capabilities to provide a secure repository for the organization’s HIPAA security compliance manual.

A 30-day free trial of the Clearwater HIPAA Security Assessment is available on demand.

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Clearwater Compliance helps covered entities, business associates and their subcontractors meet stringent HIPAA-HITECH Privacy, Security and Data Breach Notification requirements. Clearwater offers frequent webinars on topics related to HIPAA, the HITECH Act, and the HIPAA Security Rule.

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Bob Chaput

CEO at Clearwater Compliance
Bob Chaput is widely recognized for his extensive and in-depth knowledge of healthcare compliance and cyber risk management, and is one of the industry’s leading authorities in healthcare information security today. As a leading authority safeguarding health data, Chaput has supported hundreds of hospitals and health systems to successfully manage healthcare’s evolving cybersecurity threats and ensure patient safety.