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Oracle and UPMC Partner to Deliver Secure, Cloud-Based Services to Smaller Healthcare Providers

Oracle has partnered with UPMC subsidiary CloudConnect Health IT to deliver cost-effective cloud-based healthcare IT solutions designed specifically for smaller healthcare organizations.

The first product being offered by CloudConnect is CloudIdentity, a solution based on Oracle's industry-leading identity management product suite, and customized based on UPMC’s more than 10 years of healthcare identity management experience.

Historically, providers have been slow to adopt identity management solutions due to concerns about cost and implementation complexity. CloudConnect addresses these concerns by delivering a preconfigured cloud-based solution on a subscription basis.

CloudIdentity provides simple, secure management of user accounts, including capabilities to

  • Automate the management (add/modify/terminate) of a user’s computer access
  • Provide self-service tools for password retrieval and unlocking accounts
  • Perform comprehensive management reporting
  • Enhance the effectiveness of other solutions, such as single sign-on, privacy monitoring, and mobility applications

The ROI of Compliance
Every healthcare provider understands the high cost of breaches and noncompliance. And yet it can be hard to calculate the return on investment (ROI) of an identity management solution.

To help bridge the gap, CloudConnect Health IT has prepared a return on investment brief that helps quantify the measurable ROI of an identity management solution. Instead of quantifying the cost of potential breaches and noncompliance, which are often difficult to measure, the brief focuses on measurable operational savings, including

  • Personnel costs associated with the management of user accounts
  • Operational costs associated with user support
  • Operational costs associated with infrastructure
  • Productivity improvement as the result of a user being provided with timely access

Achieving Compliance
CloudConnect Health IT has also prepared an executive brief that details the steps a healthcare organization must take to protect patient data and achieve compliance, including

  • Compliance with regulations, including the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). The brief lists the key requirements of HIPAA and maps each requirement to the identity management capabilities required to fulfill them.
  • Meaningful use certification. Meaningful use allows eligible providers to earn incentive payments by meeting specific criteria regarding their use of electronic health records systems. The brief discusses security and privacy considerations related to meaningful use certification.
  • Compliance with internal controls. Typically an organization’s auditors are concerned with ensuring that controls are in place to prevent inappropriate access to the organization’s information systems and data. Identity management provides the internal controls framework necessary to satisfy these audit requirements.

Get more information about CloudConnect Health IT.

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