COMPANY PRESS RELEASE: As healthcare organizations nationwide grapple with ways to meet the fast-approaching deadlines for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), one security services firm is offering technology that helps solve the problem that technology created.
Net2Link, one of the nation’s leading security and network services firms in the healthcare sector, is offering SurfControl’s SuperScout email and web filtering technology as a crucial component in helping their customers comply with the rigorous new federal regulations.
HIPAA requires health organizations to safeguard personal patient data from being seen by unauthorized parties. The final deadline for HIPAA compliance is April 2003 – less than 15 months away and interim deadlines require specific action. The new federal regulations carry stiff penalties for non-compliance.
Net2Link chose SuperScout to help serve their customers who include large healthcare organizations such as testing labs, hospitals, insurance companies and medical clearinghouses. These organizations and many others routinely transfer patient referrals, medical records, billing information, digital x-rays and more between facilities – and all of these documents carry individually identifiable patient information protected by law. Net2Link helps secure large, dispersed networks and is using SurfControl’s SuperScout Email Filter 3.5 and Web Filter 4.0 as key parts of its HIPAA service.
Network security has never been more complex or more important, said Alex Diaz, CEO of Net2Link. Healthcare organizations need to combine and implement the best technology available with the best practices. SuperScout is the best technology in the marketplace for managing both Internet access and email, that present significant risk if uncontrolled.
SurfControl’s products enable Net2Link to offer the most comprehensive tools for Internet access management and email filtering.
Diaz said that SurfControl is the only security company offering a complete solution of both email and Web filtering. The flexibility, interoperability and scalability cannot be matched by anyone else in the industry, he said.
Kevin Blakeman, President of SurfControl, the number one Internet filtering company in the global security market, said his company had seen a huge increase in the demand for filtering from the healthcare sector. These organizations not only have to deal with HIPAA compliance, they share the same concerns over employee productivity, legal liability, bandwidth and network management as any other large business today, he said. No wonder both Net2Link and SurfControl have seen such a growth of interest in filtering and security.