Here’s a great write-up of how Rochester General Hospital is using Ipswitch’s MOVEit solution to manage over 400,000 electronic billing transfers per year to dozens of payer systems.

Quick background on the business need:  Rochester General Hospital needs to exchange patient records, insurance claims, and billing information from their electronic medical record (EMR) and accounting systems with many health providers and insurance companies.

Security and compliance are critically important:  Not only do the transfers need to be reliable to facilitate timely payments, but they also needed to be highly secure and auditable to protect patient privacy and ensure compliance with HIPAA and HITECH.

Ipswitch eliminated complexity and created efficiencies:

“We needed to consolidate on a standard way to transfer files to many different payer systems…. MOVEit consolidated a number of batch files and legacy tools into a single, secure and easy to use file transfer solution,” says Dylan Taft, Systems Engineer at RGH.

“In the event of an audit, MOVEit allows us to provide chain-of-custody and non-repudiation with just a few clicks.  Without MOVEit, we wouldn’t have this visibility.”

If we didn’t have MOVEit, we would have to hire one or two additional people just to review the log files every day – not to mention lost files, information arriving late, and frustrated doctors and payers.”

Do you have a great Ipswitch story of your own to tell?  Email us at mystories@ipswitch.com…. We can’t wait to hear all about it!

As George Hulme recently wrote, the vision of Senator Richard Blumenthal’s data breach legislation is simple enough:  Protect individuals’ personally identifiable information from data theft, and penalize firms that don’t adequately secure their customers’ information.

Clearly, there’s a need for organizations to better secure confidential and private customer information.  It seems that a week rarely passes without a new high-profile data breach in the news.  In fact, 2011 is trending to be the worst-ever year for data breaches.  And that is despite many U.S. states introducing legislation that expands the scope of state laws, sets stricter requirements related to notification of data breaches involving personal information, and increases penalties for those responsible for breaches.

The need to protect customer data is unanimously shared by honest people worldwide…. The issue is HOW to effectively govern and enforce the various data protection requirements and laws?

I agree with Senator Blumenthal’s concept of establishing “appropriate minimum security plans”…. But color me skeptical on the government’s ability to appropriately monitor and enforce those plans, especially after witnessing the mighty struggles at effectively governing the dozens of state laws already on the books.

My skepticism is shared by many, including Mark Rasch, director of cybersecurity and privacy consulting at Computer Sciences Corporation:  “The devil is in the details with these laws.  We’ve had regulations, from Gramm-Leach-Bliley to HIPAA, that purport to help protect consumer data.  Companies are already victims in these attacks, so why are we penalizing them after a breach?  I think that’s because it’s easier to issue fines than it is to track down the criminals and go after them.”

In my opinion, business leaders need to prioritize their own internal efforts to properly protect sensitive information rather than wait on the government to catch up.  First order of business is to identify where confidential files and data live in your organization and ensure visibility of that info (after all, how can you protect what you don’t know about?).  Fortunately, there are technology solutions available to help organizations better manage and govern their critical files and data as they are being moved and consumed both internally and with business partners and across people, systems and various business applications.

Poll: IT Regulation Challenges

From an IT standpoint, what is the most challenging regulation to comply with?

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Event Logs on Windows  servers and workstations can pile up quickly and really, the task of storing, sorting and reporting on that log data is too important to leave room for human error.

lockYour senior management depends on you to take the necessary steps to meet and report on regulatory compliance standards like Sarbanes Oxley, Basel II, HIPAA, GLB, FISMA, PCI DSS, NISPOM and others.

Ipswitch WhatsUp Gold is excited to announce that we have the solution to this balloonson-going issue. We’ve added the WhatsUp Event Log Management Suite to our extensive IT management solution so now these tasks can be automated for you!

And you know the best part of this announcement? We’re offering up to 38% off MSRP when you purchase the Suite. For those without a calculator handy, that’s 60% off buying each solution individually!

If you’re still reading . . . STOP and check out the deal for yourself! The offer stands until June 30th.

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