Security Net provides full-fledged E-resource for safe and private health care data traffic

Santa Clara 02 December 19993Com Corporation has launched "Security Net": a Web-based resource centre to help health care IT professionals enhance patient privacy and confidentiality and keep data secure when moving or storing patient records and medical images over a network. This 3Com Security Net site provides resources for the health care industry to comply with the upcoming electronic information security standards mandated by the United States Federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).


By agreement with the Computer-based Patient Record Institute (CPRI), 3Com's Security Net Web site features the only on-line version of the CPRI Toolkit "Managing Information Security in Health care", for the first time offered fully free of charge. In addition, a library of resources available on the Security Net site includes up-to-date information about the status of proposed regulations, white papers on network security technology topics, and links to networking product information.

"Thanks to 3Com, now health care organisations are just a click away from tools to help them protect the security and the confidentiality of patient information. As the HIPAA rules continue to take shape, Security Net will be able to supply a valuable service. We are pleased that this new site will allow the CPRI Toolkit to reach many more health care professionals", stated Ted Cooper, M.D., chair of the CRPI Toolkit Task Force and National Director of Confidentiality and Security for Kaiser Permanente.

CPRI is a not for profit membership organisation committed to advancing improvements in health care quality, cost and access through routine use of information technology. Its mission is to provide vision and leadership to promote the universal and effective application of electronic patients records to improve health care and the delivery of health care, as well as develop and champion a universally acceptable vision of the electronic health record. The CPRI membership hosts representatives from health care providers, federal agencies, information technology vendors and academic institutions.

Stayed under development for three years, the CPRI Toolkit "Managing Information Security in Health Care" was first published by CPRI in a print edition last spring. A task force which consisted of health care industry experts contributed content to this Toolkit, including representatives from Kaiser Permanente, Georgetown University Medical Center, the Health Care Financing Administration, Healtheon Corporation, the US Department of Health and Human Services, the American Health Information Management Association, IBM, 3Com Corporation, as well as the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care.

The Toolkit provides how-to guidelines for integrating thorough information security practices into the everyday work of health care organisations. The chapters address all steps critical to safeguard the privacy of patient data, including how to develop an information security policy, manage different programmes, assess risk, train staff, enforce policy and implement security measures. Case studies offer opportunities to learn from the efforts of major health care enterprises.

3Com company recognises that meeting the HIPAA compliance deadline can be a significant challenge for the health care industry. 3Com offers Security Net to ease that process, and to provide resources useful for creating secure network infrastructures built on best practices. And because the company is working with prominent health care providers, Security Net allows to reflect 3Com's extensive experience in the field, according to Bruce Patterson, who is director of global health care industry marketing at 3Com.

Leading health care organisations all over the world trust 3Com to deliver e-Networking solutions which span the entire continuum of care, ranging from high-bandwidth clinical applications; telemedicine services; point-of-care applications; administrative systems; to connectivity for caregivers, patients, payers and suppliers. 3Com teams with its customers and industry-leading application vendors to successfully deploy high performance, open, highly reliable, standards based network solutions which can handle heavy traffic loads and sophisticated new applications.

With over 300 million customers globally, 3Com Corporation connects more people to information in far more ways than any other networking company. 3Com delivers innovative information access products and network system solutions to enterprises, small businesses, as well as carriers and network service providers, PC Original Equipment Manufacturers, and consumers.

Leslie Versweyveld

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