P-Synch helps health care organizations meet HIPAA requirements
January 31, 2002
Organizations can improve security, control costs
Health care companies can improve security and control the costs of meeting HIPAA regulations with P-Synch, M-Tech's total password management solution.
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) mandates regulations that govern privacy, security, and administrative simplification standards for health care information. HIPAA regulations require:
- Security standards protecting the confidentiality and integrity of "individually identifiable health information," past, present or future.
- Unique health identifiers for individuals, employers, health plans and health care providers.
Compliance with the privacy rules is required by April 14, 2003.
How P-Synch can help
P-Synch can increase your organization's internal network security AND reduce the effort of account administration.
"Easy-To-Guess" passwords are regarded as a top ten threat to network security. P-Synch improves security with over 50 possible enforceable password strength rules (for example, minimum length, mixed case, no dictionary words, and so on) to prevent the use of weak, easy-to-guess passwords.
Unique identifiers for individuals, employers, health plans and health care providers can be very difficult to manage. With the use of strong passwords, users with multiple accounts may have difficulty remembering all their different passwords.
P-Synch tackles this problem with:
- Password synchronization, so users only have to remember a single strong password.
- Password self-reset to allow users to reset their own password if they forget it.
- Streamlined help desk reset to reduce call times for any remaining password related calls to the help desk.
P-Synch is already deployed to many US health regulations including:
- Chilton Memorial Hospital
- Humana Inc.
- Indian River Memorial Hospital
- National Medical Services Laboratory
- University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics Authority
M-Tech is a computer security products company. The M-Tech identity management suite streamlines both password management and account provisioning, in addition to improving user self-service, and reducing user support costs. Hitachi ID Password Manager (formerly P-Synch) and Hitachi ID Identity Manager improve the security of network systems and lower their operating costs. The M-Tech client list includes top Fortune-500 companies such as Ford Motor Company, Sears Roebuck, AT&T Wireless, Bristol-Myers Squibb, and many more. For more information, please visit: Hitachi-ID.com
M-Tech's flagship product, P-Synch, is the leading password management solution. With millions of users in 400 organizations worldwide, P-Synch manages more passwords for more users on more systems than any other product on the market.
To find out more about P-Synch, visit Hitachi-ID.com/password-manager.
ID-Synch is an enterprise user administration system. It streamlines user account and ID management with an authorization workflow system, a central security administration console, a batch load facility, and third-party workflow integration.
ID-Synch reduces the time required to deliver user accounts and IDs to new and reassigned staff, saves time for skilled system administrators, and allows organizations to quickly disable and delete accounts of terminated staff.
To find out more about ID-Synch, visit Hitachi-ID.com/identity-manager.
For further editorial information please contact:
Hitachi ID Systems, Inc.
500, 1401 1st Street S.E
Calgary, AB T2G 2J3
1.403.233.0740 ext. 324