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Press Release
February 19, 2002

Practical Security, Inc. and Strategic Healthcare Programs
Announce HIPAA Information Security Program
to Address Final Security Rule

Marketing alliance to provide HIPAA certification
support services to the healthcare industry

Practical Security, Inc. (PSI) and Strategic Healthcare Programs, LLC (SHP) today announced a joint effort to provide HIPAA security support services in response to growing demand for security expertise in health care. The new services are affordably priced, packaged offerings focused on self-certification for published HIPAA security criteria, just finalized on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2003.

The intent of the program is to provide a solution that can be completed by organizations with limited resources that is comprehensive enough to meet the minimum standard based on sound security and industry best practices.

Barbara Rosenblum, CEO of Strategic Healthcare Programs in Santa Barbara, Calif. said, “SHP is pleased to be working in cooperation with PSI to offer these services to our customers. The release of the final security rule by The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is putting a lot of pressure on health care organizations and we’re glad to be able to help.”

In conjunction with this offering, PSI will develop a special section of the Web site for clients of this service. PSI will provide resources and links from this site, including sample forms, agreements (such as the required “Business Associate Contract”), training materials and compliance posters.

The following elements comprise the new offering:

  • HIPAA Security Audit.
    This security audit includes a HIPAA gap analysis and Business Impact Analysis (BIA) based on the security provisions of section 142.308 of HIPAA requiring administrative, physical, and technical control measures to protect confidentiality (security), integrity, and availability of protected health information (PHI).

  • HIPAA Checkup.
    PSI returns periodically to reassess security controls and processes. This meets the expectation of due diligence recommended in the published HIPAA guidance documents.

  • Third Party Review.
    Objectivity is crucial to the validity of the self-certification. HSS has strongly recommended outside review of compliance in self-certification. Practical Security, Inc. acts as an external party with adequate training regarding generally accepted security guidelines and principles.

Paul E. Proctor, President of Practical Security said “By providing the necessary third-party readiness review at a reasonable price we hope many smaller organizations will get the same compliance support the big hospitals and insurers have already received,” Proctor said, “This packaged service is designed specifically with smaller organizations in mind.”

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About Practical Security Inc.
Founded in 2002, Practical Security Inc. (PSI) is an information security services company dedicated to helping organizations of all sizes secure their mission critical information technology assets. Practical Security provides a practical and educational advantage to companies seeking ways to safeguard their information assets by helping employees at all levels be better prepared to detect, analyze and prevent IT security breaches. For more information on PSI, visit

About Strategic Healthcare Programs, LLC
Strategic Healthcare Programs, LLC (SHP), headquartered in Santa Barbara, Calif. is a healthcare data services company specializing in the use of technology and clinical expertise to identify, collect, analyze and report clinical data to over 1000 clients nationwide. SHP was granted the Healthcare Information Technology award sponsored by the National Managed Healthcare Congress for innovations in interfacing a SHP outcomes program with other healthcare software vendors. In order to diversify its data mining and data management services to emerging markets, the company also has offices in Pittsburgh, Pa. Website:


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