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Thursday, February 28, 2019

General Manager of Healthcare at FairWarning Invited to Participate in Panel to Help Covered Entities Navigate Regulatory Requirements with New Business Associates

FairWarning to Discuss Best Practices for Securing PHI at HIPAA Summit

Clearwater, Fla. – February 28, 2019 – The 2019 Healthcare Data Breach Report from HIPAA Journal found that eight health plans reported breaches in January, and five breaches were reported by business associates of HIPAA-covered entities, including the largest data breach of the month. This reality makes it more important than ever for healthcare organizations to hold their business associates to a high expectation of privacy, security and compliance – but how can they do that?

Today, FairWarning announced that Shane Whitlatch, general manager, healthcare at FairWarning, will participate in a panel discussion with other HITRUST and HIPAA experts on compliance best practices for dealing with business associates. The panel will convene at the 28th Annual HIPAA Summit, which takes place in Washington, D.C. from March 4 to March 6.

The panel, “Compliance Concerns for New Business Associates, including Technology Vendors,” will take place on Tuesday, March 5 at 5:15 p.m. ET. Panelists include Anne Kimbol, Assistant General Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer for HITRUST; Chris Wargo, Managing Partner at Infolock; and Iliana Peters, partner at Polsinelli law firm and Former Acting Deputy Director of Health Information Privacy for the U.S. Office for Civil Rights.

This discussion will reveal key questions covered entities should be asking of BAs – and the questions they aren’t asking. Panelists will discuss standards and certifications like HITRUST and NIST and what it means when vendors carry them, along with best practices for evaluating and selecting vendors.

Today’s healthcare regulatory environment has grown increasingly complex as providers fight both external cybercriminals and internal threats from employees who misuse access to patient data. Because the bulk of healthcare data breaches involve insiders, providers need tools to monitor user activity to detect and prevent mishandling of data and improve compliance.

The HIPAA Summit gathers regulatory experts from across the country to help organizations improve their HIPAA compliance. Sessions are designed to keep attendees up to date on new cybersecurity threats and HIPAA enforcement initiatives, as well as offer best practices from those in the trenches: privacy and security officers.

Shane Whitlatch, general manager, healthcare at FairWarning, said: “Security and compliance are table stakes to us, and while many people say, ‘It’s not if, but when you’re breached,’ we cannot afford to think like that. We have to take every precaution to ensure customers aren’t breached because our customers’ reputations and the safety of their patients rely on our security. When covered entities engage with new business associates, they need to be sure their PHI is protected, and this panel will help them understand how to work safely with BAs.”

To learn more about how FairWarning serves the healthcare market, visit the website.


About FairWarning®

As the leader in protecting privacy and securing data stored in mission-critical applications, FairWarning’s platform helps healthcare and enterprise organizations comply with regulations, protect sensitive data, and prevent insider threats. A driving force in building the patient privacy monitoring industry, FairWarning expanded its expertise beyond healthcare to support other highly regulated industries and applications like Salesforce to help customers easily interpret, investigate and detect anomalous user access or behavior. The company combines the most advanced technologies including machine learning and AI with best practices and managed services to provide the highest level of security to organizations across the globe. Safeguarding over 350 enterprise customers globally, including 35% of U.S. health systems, FairWarning is trusted to protect organizations’ sensitive data while creating a culture of privacy.

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Media Contact:

Alexis Feinberg

Matter Communications