August 25, 2010 09:14 ET
Imprivata Announces Healthcare Advisory Board
Healthcare Executives, Industry Experts and Thought Leaders Address Healthcare IT Challenges, Trends and Priorities for Improving Clinician Workflow and Securing Patient Data
LEXINGTON, MA--(Marketwire - August 25, 2010) - Imprivata®, Inc., the company that simplifies and secures user access, today announced the formation of its Healthcare Advisory Board. This board draws upon real-world perspectives of industry leaders to address healthcare IT challenges and trends as the company develops innovative and practical solutions that solve the unique challenges facing the healthcare industry. Chaired by Barry P. Chaiken, MD, MPH, FHIMSS, chief medical officer of Imprivata, the Healthcare Advisory Board is comprised of Imprivata customers and industry experts, including:
- Michael Westcott, MD, CMIO, Alegent Health
- Denis Le Beuf, Chief Information Security Officer, Centre Hospitalier de l'Universite de Montreal
- Tarun Ghosh, CIO, Fremont-Rideout Health Group
- John Fernandez, CEO, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
- Michael Krouse, Senior Vice President and CIO, OhioHealth
- Ted Lewis, President, Parkview Adventist Medical Center
- Deborah Peel, MD, Founder and Chair, Patient Privacy Rights
Through open sharing of experiences, dialogue about trends and regulatory influences and thoughtful debate, this new Healthcare Advisory Board is the latest example of Imprivata's commitment to helping hospitals improve clinician workflow, enforce patient privacy and deploy transparent security.
"Today's healthcare organizations face constant change, new regulatory mandates and a unique working environment that demands quick access to information but tight security on patient data," said Dr. Michael Westcott, CMIO of Alegent Health, the largest healthcare system in Nebraska. The not-for-profit, faith based health care provider, which is 9,000 employees strong, has been an Imprivata customer since 2006. "One of the primary goals of the Healthcare Advisory Board is to share our experiences, study our similarities and differences, develop creative solutions to the challenges we face as an industry, and help Imprivata develop practical solutions that make a difference in hospitals around the world," Dr. Westcott explained.
The Healthcare Advisory Board held its first meeting in Boston in June 2010 and will meet again in December. While topics for discussion at the first meeting were broad, there were clear commonalities among this varied group of healthcare organizations. Among the topics were:
- The impacts of the Healthcare Information Portability and Privacy (HIPAA) and Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Acts
- The role of access management in the implementation and "Meaningful Use" of EMRs
- Health information exchanges (HIEs) and the accompanying Beacon Grants (in ARRA)
- SSO and Strong Authentication enhancements for improved workflow
- Privacy and security
- Compliance demonstration, auditing and reporting
- Enterprise-wide business intelligence
- SaaS/cloud computing
"With the Healthcare Advisory Board, we have built a community of trusted, experienced and motivated members that are dedicated to triage industry priorities and provide fresh perspectives from C-level leaders," said Barry P. Chaiken, MD, MPH, FHIMSS, chief medical officer of Imprivata. "I am very proud to be working with this diverse group of industry insiders and influencers to solve the problems of tomorrow -- fast EMR access, patient privacy, security -- today."
Built upon a foundation of deep healthcare industry experience, Imprivata strives to make patient data easily accessible throughout clinical workflows, empowering physicians, nurses and other clinicians with fast EMR access, while enforcing stringent patient privacy policies through transparent security across healthcare information systems. Today Imprivatas' Global Healthcare Division, has more than 550 healthcare customers and one million-plus healthcare users worldwide.
"Imprivata long ago established a firm commitment to the healthcare industry, which has in turn fueled our rapid growth in recent years," said Omar Hussain, president and CEO of Imprivata. "We have a history of not asking our customers what products they need, but rather spending time understanding what their problems and concerns are. It is in this mindset that we're excited to tap into some of the healthcare industry's brightest minds to spark vibrant discussion and help shape what solutions Imprivata brings to market over the long term."
Imprivata is the leading independent vendor focused on simplifying and securing user access. By strengthening user authentication, streamlining application access and simplifying compliance reporting across multiple computing environments, customers can align security with user workflows and realize substantial productivity gains while lowering IT costs.
Imprivata has received numerous product awards and top review ratings from leading industry publications and analysts. Headquartered in Lexington, Mass., Imprivata partners with over 200 resellers, and serves the access security needs of more than 1,000 customers around the world. For more information, please visit www.imprivata.com.
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