Cancer Treatment Centers of America Selects Covansys to Assess HIPAA Readiness
Business/Technology Editors & Health/Medical Writers
FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Nov. 4, 2002
Covansys To Assess Current Privacy and Security Policy
and Suggest Approach for Remediation
Covansys Corporation (Nasdaq: CVNS), a global consulting and technology services company, announced today that it has been awarded a HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) assessment project by the Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Inc. (CTCA), a privately-held network of cancer treatment hospitals and oncology practices that has been on the leading edge of cancer treatment for more than 20 years.
Under the terms of the agreement, Covansys will assess the current state of CTCA’s privacy and security policy and suggest a remediation approach. The work began in October and will conclude in November.
“CTCA hopes to benefit from Covansys’ extensive HIPAA expertise as we continue the ongoing process of achieving compliance with the federal mandates and with implementing the best practices possible,” said Steven Kroll, CTCA’s senior vice president and general counsel. “We are confident that Covansys’ consulting will assist us in ensuring patient privacy while continuing to provide the highest quality of care consistent with CTCA’s patient-centered approach.”
CTCA must conduct a confidential privacy and security readiness assessment in order to comply with the HIPAA privacy regulations, which become effective April 14, 2003. These regulations limit the release of protected health information without patient consent. HIPAA is a three-part federal mandate that covers the standardization of transaction codes for healthcare information. It contains policies and procedures for keeping the information private, as well as security to protect the information as it moves through the Internet and network computer systems.
“Covansys is committed to helping clients such as CTCA achieve HIPAA compliance on a tight deadline. We’re pleased to work with CTCA, an organization dedicated to applying innovative techniques and therapies to cancer treatment,” said Donna Gustafson, vice president, Covansys’ Global Health Practice.
Covansys was named among the nation’s top 10 HIPAA consultants in HIPAA Survey 2Q01 Results: Spending and Consulting Use, a September 2001 Gartner Group report. The company is a premier resource for healthcare industry leaders, and has supported numerous healthcare entities in conducting HIPAA awareness training and implementation, and meeting individual technological demands. Covansys is a member of the prestigious CHIME Foundation, a select group of more than 40 providers of health information systems products and services, which supports education for the nation’s leading healthcare CIOs.
About Cancer Treatment Centers of America
Founded in 1988, CTCA practices patient empowerment medicine through a network of cancer treatment hospitals and community oncology programs in Illinois, Oklahoma, Virginia and Washington. The facilities provide a comprehensive, multidisciplinary path to cancer care by integrating cutting-edge medical treatments with time-honored support therapies such as nutrition, naturopathy, psychological counseling and spiritual therapy. For more information on CTCA, visit www.cancercenter.com or call 1.800.515.9602.
About Covansys Corporation
Headquartered in Michigan, Covansys Corporation (Nasdaq: CVNS – News) is a global consulting and technology services company specializing in industry-specific solutions, strategic outsourcing and integration services. Our clients gain competitive advantage by leveraging our unique on-site, offsite, offshore delivery capability to achieve rapid deployment, world-class quality and reduced costs. Since its founding in1985, Covansys has successfully delivered an array of innovative and cost-effective business and technical solutions to leaders in the private and public sector. Our 4,800 employees offer a professional heritage spanning Old World legacy systems and the New Economy’s leading-edge technologies. Covansys has 30 locations worldwide, including six development centers. Covansys offers one of the largest offshore capabilities among U.S.-based technology services providers, and two of the company’s three wholly owned development centers in India are SEI CMM(R) Level 5 certified. Covansys was named one of the top 500 solution providers in North America in 2002 by VARBusiness magazine. Visit our web site: www.covansys.com.
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