Compliance Action Plan

FairWarning Helps Southwest Washington Medical Center Automate Their Compliance Action Plan with Patient Privacy Intelligence

Witnessing increased media attention to patient privacy breaches and sharing the same concerning feelings themselves, Southwest Washington Medical Center decided to prioritize the search for a continuous and efficient solution for protecting patient privacy.

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Executive Summary

Southwest Washington Medical Center (SWMC) in Vancouver, Washington, provides care to more than 200,000 patients each year. A not-for-profit community hospital, SWMC’s IT security efforts have been recognized by leading industry and technology reviewers.

The Southwest Washington Medical Center IT Security team strives to deliver higher quality with fewer resources in a more timely manner, but streamlining patient privacy investigations and reporting according to regulatory requirements was too difficult to do alone.

The result? After the implementation of FairWarning, required audits and reports for Southwest Washington Medical Center are automatically generated, and quickly accessible to key personnel. SWMC has realized a tremendous business value, and the leadership team considers FairWarning valuable across several areas, including privacy, security, and risk.

“At Southwest Washington Medical Center, securing patient information is hard wired into every role, each time PHI is accessed, and throughout our culture. FairWarning automates our clinical application audits, allowing our Privacy, IT Security and Compliance teams to focus on improving our workflow, training and risk-profile maturity.”

“A well-defined project charter establishes meaningful roles and responsibilities, assures active engagement, and identifies required resources, constraints and potential obstacles.”