The AHA Exclusively Endorses Data Breach Preparedness & Response Solution from ID Experts

The American Hospital Association (AHA) today announced it has exclusively endorsed the Data Breach Preparedness and Response solution from ID Experts. AHA Solutions, Inc., a subsidiary of the AHA, awards the AHA Endorsement to products and services that support member hospitals and health care organizations to achieve operational excellence. The ID Experts solution was selected for endorsement following an extensive due diligence process that identified it as a leader in the prevention and remediation of privacy or security incidents that involve personal identification information and protected health information.

Data Breaches and HIPAA/HITECH Compliance
The legal and regulatory environment under HIPAA and the HITECH Act, as well as individual state laws, makes compliance a unique challenge. Financial, legal and reputational risks are steep for hospitals and care systems. And potential misuse of patient information can create substantial risk to affected patients.

“One of the overarching goals of the AHA is to support operational excellence in hospitals and care facilities,” said Anthony J. Burke, President and CEO of AHA Solutions, Inc. “We evaluated a number of data breach preparedness and response solutions using our proprietary AHA Signature Due Diligence Process. We selected the system from ID Experts because it specifically addresses and minimizes the risk factors that exist for health care providers.”

From up-front Risk Analysis to the customized Incident Response Plan, ID Experts’ breach response solution helps achieve a positive outcome for both the hospital and patients. Its approach focuses on processes, policies and patient-centered issues, ensuring that unique hospital requirements are addressed in compliance with HIPAA/HITECH and applicable state laws.

“Maintaining patient trust is critical to a health care organization’s reputation, financial success and longevity. When that trust is tested as the result of a data breach, ID Experts focuses on achieving the most positive outcomes for patients," said Bob Gregg, CEO of ID Experts. “The AHA Endorsement of our Data Breach Preparedness and Response solution recognizes our commitment to working with organizations that highly value protecting the privacy and safety of patient information."

About the AHA
The American Hospital Association(AHA) is a not-for-profit association of health care provider organizations and individuals that are committed to the improvement of health in their communities. The AHA is the national advocate for its members, who include more than 5,000 member hospitals, health systems and other health care organizations and 42,000 individual members. Founded in 1898, the AHA provides education for health care leaders and is a source of information on health care issues and trends. Learn more at www.aha.org.

About AHA Solutions
AHA Solutions, Inc. is a resource to hospitals pursuing operational excellence. As an American Hospital Association (AHA) member service, AHA Solutions collaborates with hospital leaders and market consultants to conduct product due diligence and identify solutions to hospital challenges in several operational areas, including finance, human resources, patient flow and technology. AHA Solutions provides related marketplace analytics and education to support product decision making. As a subsidiary of the AHA, the organization convenes people with like interests for knowledge sharing centered on timely information and research. AHA Solutions is proud to reinvest its profits in the AHA mission: creating healthier communities. For more information, contact AHA Solutions at 800.242.4677 or visit www.aha-solutions.org.

About ID Experts
ID Experts is the leader in comprehensive data breach solutions that deliver the most positive outcomes. The company has managed hundreds of data breach incidents, protecting millions of affected individuals, for leading health care organizations, corporations, financial institutions, universities and government agencies. In health care, the company contributes to relevant legislation and rules including HITECH and is a corporate member of HIMSS. ID Experts is active with organizations that advocate for privacy for Americans, including ANSI/Identity Theft Prevention, Identity Management Standards Panel and the International Association of Privacy Professionals. For more information, visit www2.idexpertscorp.com/; join in the All Things HITECH discussion via LinkedIn at bit.ly/AllThingsHITECH; and follow ID Experts on Twitter @IDExperts.