URAC awards HIPAA Security & Privacy Covered Entity accreditations to Share Health

by | Dec 11, 2010

Shared Health, Inc has been awarded the HIPAA Security and Privacy Covered Entity accreditations from URAC which is a Washington, DC-based health care accrediting organization that establishes quality standards for the health care industry.

Shared Health demonstrated the highest standards in health information technology (HIT), including implementation of a comprehensive security compliance plan, rigorous management policies and procedures, administrative, physical and technical safeguards and special requirements for group health plans. It also met stringent standards for privacy protection, including implementation of a privacy compliance plan, strict policies and procedures, workforce training, disclosures, complaints and special requirements for health plans, group health plans, hybrid entities, health care providers, affiliated covered entities and organized health care arrangements.

“By applying for and receiving the HIPAA Security and Privacy Covered Entity accreditations, Shared Health has demonstrated a commitment to quality health care,” said Alan P. Spielman, URAC president and CEO. “Quality health care is crucial to our nation’s welfare and it is important to have organizations that are willing to measure themselves against national standards.”

URAC’s HIPAA Security Accreditation program lays emphasis on the fundamentals of ongoing risk management enables health care organizations to validate their security compliance program to safeguard Protected Health Information (PHI) in accordance with the HIPAA Security Rule. This program acknowledges the efforts of health care organizations in following fair information practices and taking the necessary steps to protect health information privacy in accordance with the HIPAA Privacy Rule.

“We are thrilled to achieve this high level in health care information security and privacy,” said Jana Skewes, chief executive officer of Shared Health. “The URAC accreditations highlight our commitment to delivering the most secure, best privacy protection practices in our industry through innovative health information technology solutions at the point of care, which is the perfect prescription for better health nationwide.”

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