SOURCE: EpicTide, Inc.

February 27, 2007 07:30 ET

EpicTide and Forward Advantage Sign Partnership to Deliver Enterprise Privacy Auditing Solution to MEDITECH Users

Forward Advantage Expands Im-One Offering to Include EpicTide's FairWarning® Privacy Auditing Solution for MEDITECH Users

NEW ORLEANS, LA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- February 27, 2007 -- Today at the HIMSS Conference and Exhibition, EpicTide, a leading provider of privacy auditing solutions and Forward Advantage®, the leading provider of identity and access management solutions for hospitals using MEDITECH, announced a strategic partnership. Under terms of the agreement, Forward Advantage will resell EpicTide's FairWarning® privacy auditing solution through its im-one initiative to more than 2,000 MEDITECH customers worldwide. The leader in healthcare information systems since 1969, MEDITECH's applications unify clinical, administrative, and financial information across a healthcare organization, including acute care, long-term care, home healthcare, and physician's practices.

Forward Advantage's im-one initiative brings together leading identity management technologies with professional services, offering the MEDITECH user community improved information security while increasing convenience for their clinicians to access their information systems. As regulatory forces such as HIPAA increase the requirements for greater information security and reporting, healthcare organizations face a daunting task of selecting and implementing technologies that provide the appropriate level of security without impeding the workflow in a clinical environment.

EpicTide FairWarning® provides best-of-class patient privacy auditing and healthcare incident detection, both of which are essential to ensuring patient safety in the electronic healthcare environment. EpicTide's appliance-based privacy auditing solution, FairWarning® enables hospitals to streamline enterprise privacy auditing, conduct incident investigations and proactively detect security incidents. FairWarning® provides an all-inclusive out-of-the-box solution for detecting the most common healthcare privacy and security violations.

"We are continually looking for technologies that increase security and convenience to include in our im-one initiative. We see EpicTide's FairWarning solution as a technology that addresses a critical need for our customers, Privacy Auditing," said Christopher Roggenstein, president and CEO of Forward Advantage. "MEDITECH hospitals are asking for tools that can help them with Privacy Auditing of user activities in MEDITECH as well as other applications they have in their facility and we are excited about working with EpicTide to integrate their solution with the MEDITECH HCIS so that we can offer a solution that will meet the needs of hospitals using MEDITECH."

"Forward Advantage's focus in healthcare information security makes them a natural fit for planning and servicing EpicTide FairWarning® deployments. Our shared values of customer commitment, integrity and vision provide a synergy to the partnership that is truly unique," said Kurt Long, president and CEO of EpicTide. "The Forward Advantage and EpicTide partnership is taking an industry-leading position regarding the protection of hospital-based patient information."

About EpicTide, Inc.

EpicTide is a leader in solutions that help healthcare organizations increase their security responsiveness, identify insider security incidents, automate compliance and reduce associated costs. The company is privately held and is located in St. Petersburg, Florida. To learn more about EpicTide, Inc., visit the company website at or call the company at 1-866-602-8433 (U.S. Toll Free) or +1-727-576-6700 (International).

About Forward Advantage

Since 1992, Forward Advantage has steadily gained recognition among healthcare leaders as an innovative company committed to delivering high quality products and services. Forward Advantage develops and integrates technologies to offer complete solutions with more than 700 customers. For additional information, please visit or contact by telephone at 877-470-0191.

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