PacketMotion™, the leading provider of User Activity Management (UAM) solutions, today announced that Maimonides Medical Center has deployed its PacketSentry UAM solution to enhance the visibility of user activity within its internal resources containing protected health information (PHI), while improving its efforts toward reporting for Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) compliance.
PacketSentry is being demonstrated this week at the HIMSS’11 Conference and Exposition in Orlando, Fla., in PacketMotion’s booth No. 2888.
At 100 years old, Maimonides Medical Center is the pre-eminent healthcare provider in the Borough of Brooklyn – and among the best hospitals in the country. Now with PacketSentry, the medical center has the visibility needed across all systems to not only more efficiently monitor user activity, but have meaningful reports for audits as well. According to Gabriel Sandu, senior director of technical services at Maimonides Medical Center, before using PacketMotion it took up to a full week to prepare the required reports necessary to satisfy a HIPAA audit. Now this process takes only a few hours.
“We have a very large number of applications within our network that contain patient records, and the PacketMotion solution is the answer to our HIPAA auditing requirements,” said Sandu. “We looked at other solutions to solve our compliance reporting problems, but only PacketMotion provides the most efficient way to meet our requirements. In fact, PacketMotion resolves problems that we couldn’t address before.”
PacketSentry supports a broad range of the health IT controls on a single platform that is easy to use and drives down operational costs. It provides healthcare IT personnel with granular visibility into what users are doing and accessing on the network, including a wide range of healthcare applications and data stores. PacketSentry monitors and records user access and enforces policies for databases, including repositories where PHI is stored that must be secured. It identifies and audits PHI resources to protect sensitive patient information, and locks down access. PacketSentry also limits communication to and from third-party devices which are not owned or controlled by the hospital’s IT staff.
According to Sandu, PacketMotion efficiently satisfies his requirements for specific areas of a HIPAA audit. For example, PacketMotion enables Maimonides Medical Center to identify what users did on the network and which patient records they accessed at any time interval. Also, with PacketMotion Sandu can now deliver reports centered on a specific patient across time intervals – including all of the required details on user identity and types of actions taken during each access – and across multiple applications.
“Maimonides provides the highest quality of care to people in the incredibly diverse population of Brooklyn, and we are pleased to work with them to improve their internal visibility and HIPAA compliance reporting,” said Ravi Khatod, senior VP of Worldwide Sales and Business Development. “HIPAA compliance audits are extremely time consuming because of the intensive reporting required, but PacketSentry parses out only the meaningful information for users, making compliance reporting quick to do and useful for compliance efforts.”
About Maimonides Medical Center
Now celebrating its Centennial, Maimonides Medical Center (maimonidesmed.org) is among the largest independent teaching hospitals in the nation – training more than 450 interns, residents and fellows annually. Widely recognized for its major achievements in advancing medical and information technology, Maimonides has 711 beds and more than 70 subspecialty programs.
PacketMotion’s AHA-endorsed User Activity Management (UAM) solution provides unified data center security and audit in traditional, virtual and cloud environments. PacketMotion’s solution enables mid- to large-sized organizations to simplify and lower the cost of meeting their compliance and audit requirements (PCI DSS, SOX, HIPAA, etc.) while delivering security functionality such as the ability to immediately stop user behavior that violates internal policies. PacketMotion (packetmotion.com) combines patent-pending software with powerful appliances to monitor individual user activity at the application level. The PacketSentry appliance operates out of band with no impact on network performance, and installs in less than one day, typically reducing compliance-related capital and operating costs by as much as 80 percent compared to a suite of siloed tools.
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