BASKING RIDGE, N.J., and CHICAGO - HDMS (Health Data Management Solutions), a leading provider of health care software solutions and consulting services, has maintained its Verizon Security Management Program (SMP) Cybertrust Certification for a second year, demonstrating an ongoing commitment to reducing risk and protecting the confidential health care data of patients and insurers.
The Verizon Security Management Program helps businesses take a proactive approach to security by assessing risk across an entire organization to address a broad range of security needs, from network and system analysis to security policy inspection. Of the more than 1,000 businesses and government agencies whose information security measures have been reviewed under the program, only about half received the prestigious certification, which must be renewed annually.
(NOTE: A video podcast, featuring HDMS and Verizon Business discussing how HDMS is using the Security Management Program to boost its security posture, is available here.)
"In the health care industry, trust is king," said Kerry Bailey, senior vice president of global services, Verizon Business. "A data compromise of any type has significant repercussions. Our rigorous review of HDMS validates that the company has taken strong steps to shield its customers' data. The company is embracing top-tier security processes and leading technologies to maintain a proactive and comprehensive security program."
Mary Henderson, president, HDMS, said, "The confidentiality and sensitivity of personal health care information cannot be overstated. Each transaction we perform requires the trust of our customers, and ultimately, the health care patient. A robust information security program is essential to protecting the integrity of our customers' records. Working with a trusted provider such as Verizon Business and an established program such as the Security Management Program helps us preserve our most important asset: our customer data."
Rigorous Review Helps HDMS Maintain Confidentiality
HDMS provides analytic solutions to employers and health plan administrators. The company's software tools and consulting solutions enable clients to use their employee health care data to learn from their patient history, understand current conditions and anticipate and effectively manage change.
With its certification, HDMS demonstrates that its security controls, policies and procedures have been examined, measured and validated by Verizon Business against an essential set of information security practices.
Evaluation procedures included a scan of HDMS' external perimeter, verification of the security of the physical environment and data storage facility, a rigorous desktop assessment, and a review of the company's information security processes. Of key consideration is HDMS' data storage facility, where HDMS stores, processes and manages the flow of customer data.
Following certification, Verizon Business regularly performs additional risk assessments to help protect HDMS' customer data against both existing and emerging threats.
Verizon Business Security Solutions
The Security Management Program represents one portion of Verizon Business' robust security portfolio, which includes governance risk and compliance solutions, data loss and prevention solutions, identity management solutions and managed security services. The company's more than 1,100 security professionals around the globe deliver these offerings through a range of managed services, professional services and technologies, based on what best suits the customer. More information is available by visiting http://www.verizonbusiness.com/us/security. Specific information about the Security Management Program, as well as the Cybertrust Certification, is available by visiting http://www.verizonbusiness.com/us/products/security/compliance/mgmt.
About Health Data Management Solutions
Health Data & Management Solutions, Inc. (HDMS) is a data management and analysis company that offers flexible, high-value information solutions to all entities with a financial stake in the health care industry. The HDMS corporate office is located in Chicago, Illinois. The firm also has an office in Beachwood, Ohio, just outside of Cleveland. For more information visit www.hdms.com.
About Verizon Business
Verizon Business, a unit of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ), is a global leader in communications and IT solutions. We combine professional expertise with the world's most connected IP network to deliver award-winning communications, IT, information security and network solutions. We securely connect today's extended enterprises of widespread and mobile customers, partners, suppliers and employees - enabling them to increase productivity and efficiency and help preserve the environment. Many of the world's largest businesses and governments - including 96 percent of the Fortune 1000 and thousands of government agencies and educational institutions - rely on our professional and managed services and network technologies to accelerate their business. Find out more at www.verizonbusiness.com.