Nashville, TN (PRWEB) August 30, 2011

Clearwater Compliance, a leading HIPAA-HITECH consultancy, today announced Version 2.1 of the Clearwater HIPAA Security Assessment™, an interactive navigator designed to help organizations prepare for OCR HIPAA site audits and to guide organizations to compliance.

“From the largest health systems to the smallest medical practices and their business associates in between, there’s a mobilization underway to meet HIPAA HITECH requirements,” said Bob Chaput, founder and CEO of Clearwater Compliance. “In addition to fending off increased enforcement and stiffer penalties, becoming HIPAA compliant just makes good business sense. It can be intimidating to meet the HIPAA Security Rule requirement to complete an initial compliance assessment covering 22 security standards and 53 implementation specifications prescribed by the regulations. Our assessment navigator, now made even more intuitive to use, simplifies that process and makes compliance less overwhelming by guiding the user through each step of the process.”

This new and improved Version 2.1 includes many customer-requested enhancements including:

  •  Enhanced “Document Management” to store all related policies, logs, inventories, procedures and other artifacts demonstrating good faith compliance effort
  • A brand new “Tell Me More” feature that translates the complex regulatory language into plain English and includes specific references to underlying NIST Special Publications that provide further guidance.
  • A brand new “Make a Note” feature to make comments, notes, status remarks at the implementation specification level

“Customers are using the Clearwater HIPAA Security Assessment™ as their ‘living HIPAA compliance manual’ to demonstrate they’ve completed their own audit and have a corrective action plan underway,” Chaput added.

With the formal announcement by OCR of HIPAA Audits and enforcement on the upswing, we are even more confident that Version 2.1 will help organizations proactively and comprehensively prepare for the HIPAA audits that KPMG will perform starting late this year.

Clearwater HIPAA Security AssessmentRisk 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 at: Clearwater Security Assesment.

Clearwater Compliance http://www.clearwatercompliance.com

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.  Clearwater Compliance is active in national efforts to safeguard Protected Health Information and is a premium co-sponsor of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Protected Health Information (PHI) project.

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.