JENSEN BEACH, Fla. & ANNAPOLIS, Md.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Recognizing the growing complexity of health care data systems when handling protected health (PHI) and personally identifiable information (PII), Pulse8, LLC and CSR today announce their strategic partnership to expand information security services that make it easier for providers and health care organizations to identify and reduce risk, costs and penalties more efficiently and completely.
The two firms share a mission to provide assessment and analytic systems and tools to improve outcomes for clients and their customers challenged by a rapidly changing risk and compliance landscape. Health care organizations will benefit when CSR, as the only provider of data breach reporting services and a data risk assessment tool integrated with employee training and policy development, joins forces with the strength of Pulse8’s extensive experience in health care analytics.
A key tenet for the healthcare industry and provider relationship with their patient-base is trust. The vast majority of members depend upon their providers and health plans to handle their PHI in a judicious and appropriate manner. Providers often don’t have the wherewithal and knowledge to build a comprehensive privacy and data management program, yet they are holding PHI data that is most appealing to thieves and scammers as well as exposure to accidental loss.
HIPAA data breaches result in providers and health plans suffering significant fines, reduction of trust and damaged reputations. Regulators aggressive pursuit of compliance combined with Affordable Health Care Act (ACA) reporting requirements means failure to meet these reporting requirements can lead, and for some have led, to both civil and criminal sanctions.
With CSR’s data risk assessment tool, employee training, policy generation, and specific incident response actions, providers and health plans are taking a proactive approach to avoid risk of health data breaches, improving HIPAA compliance and their overall risk strategies around big data.
“We’re excited to forge our partnership with Pulse8’s team who share our strong commitment to help organizations easily identify and remediate vulnerabilities that address compliance regulations for health and personal data that must be protected,” says CSR Founder Ross Federgreen.
Pulse8 provides health plans with the ability to leverage and scale existing infrastructure and systems with independent and informed analytics, data collection tools, and integration systems connecting every component of the medical system from provider to patient. CSR develops award-winning data compliance solutions to address legal and other requirements, facilitating best practices to reduce the business risk and financial liability associated with the acquisition, handling, storage, sharing and disposal of data.
“CSR’s award-winning, patented, CSR Breach Reporting ToolKit, along with its Privacy ToolKit and PCI ToolKit is a natural fit with Pulse8’s commitment to PHI security. Pulse8 realizes that physical and logical security is of utmost importance when dealing with healthcare data. CSR provides another opportunity to assist our customers in not only meeting, but exceeding HIPAA-compliance regulations,” said John Criswell, Pulse8 CEO.
Pulse8 is recognized as a trusted industry leader in PHI security as a HIPAA-Certified service provider to healthcare organizations including Qualified Health Plans (QHPs), Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), Patient-Centered Medical Homes (PCMHs).
Pulse8 solutions, including the Health Exchange and Long Term Care Suites, deliver unprecedented insights to commercial health plans and long-term care insurers to improve efficiencies. The Health Exchange Suite helps quality health plans (QHPs) customize risk adjustment strategies. The Long Term Care Suite identifies problems so long-term care insurers and providers can address policies, costs and processes.
CSR solutions include the patented PCI ToolKit® which simplifies PCI Data Security Standard (DSS) merchant compliance, the patent-pending CSR Privacy ToolKit™ which helps organizations assess risk and train employees in data privacy and the patented CSR Breach Reporting ToolKit® which facilitates timely and accurate PII data breach reporting.
Health care providers, financial institutions, acquirers, ISOs, payment processors, value-added resellers, franchisors and other associations interested in offering any of the CSR ToolKits or CSR consulting services to their members can email email@example.com or call 1-866-462-7774 for more information. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 410-928-4218 to reach Pulse8 to learn more.
Pulse8 is a cutting-edge healthcare technology and analytics provider that delivers an unprecedented view into risk adjustment so health plans can achieve the highest financial impact in the Commercial Health Exchanges. Its proprietary algorithms move beyond traditional methods and data sources to make predictions about what individual members require next, ultimately closing gaps in care and increasing precision with risk adjustment initiatives. Pulse8 offers innovative and unique methodologies to ensure its clients outperform the marketplace. Its transparent and flexible business intelligence tools give real-time visibility into member and provider behaviors allowing clients to apply the most cost-effective and appropriate interventions. For more information, please contact Pulse8 at 410.928.4218 or visit www.Pulse8.com and follow on Twitter @Pulse8News
CSR is the leading provider of data compliance solutions and expert business services that helps organizations turn compliance into revenue both domestically and around the globe. We enable compliance with Personally identifiable information (PII) requirements and Payment Card Industry (PCI) standards while facilitating best practices to reduce the business risk and financial liability associated with the acquisition, handling, storage, sharing and disposal of data. The company is a PCI Security Standards Council Participating Organization and is a member of Merchant Acquirers’ Committee (MAC), International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), Electronic Transactions Association, European Privacy Association, Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HTFP) Association, and National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA). Founded in 1999, CSR is a privately held corporation headquartered in Jensen Beach, Fla. For more information, please contact CSR at 866.462.7774 or visit www.csrcorporate.com.