Advanced Patient Privacy Auditing for Detroit Medical Center

FairWarning Helps with Detroit Medical Center’s Deployment of Privacy Breach Detection

With increasing regulatory requirements and a strong reputation to uphold, Detroit Medical Center recognized the need for more advanced auditing capabilities to protect their patients privacy.

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Executive Summary

Detroit Medical Center rolled out a new EHR across all hospital and clinic locations, but were not capable of auditing the access of over 15,000 employees according to the new privacy and security requirements of ARRA HITECH of 2009 to achieve “meaningful use” and financial incentives.

In less than 90 days, DMC completed their full implementation of FairWarning and initiated the continuous monitoring of EHR access for all of their employees. FairWarning trained DMC staff and helped them configure the reports they needed most, so they could being receiving automated alerts based on the specific behaviors they were most concerned about.

Prior to the implementation of FairWarning, the Regulatory staff at Detroit Medical Center was conducting all of their auditing activities manually, which was hit-or-miss, and most potential breaches were identified as a result of a patient complaint.