Healthcare Provider Slashes Time Spent on HIPAA Audits by 40%
Medical Center Clinic streamlines its audit processes by leveraging the visibility provided by Netwrix Auditor
Irvine, CA, November 28, 2017
Netwrix Corporation, provider of a visibility platform for user behavior analysis and risk mitigation in hybrid environments, announced today that Netwrix Auditor enabled Medical Center Clinic to improve data security and ensure HIPAA compliance — while cutting IT workload by 40%.
Medical Center Clinic, based in Pensacola, Florida, U.S., has been providing coordinated healthcare across northwest Florida and south Alabama for almost 80 years. To adhere to HIPAA regulations, the clinic’s IT team has to maintain the security of all electronic medical records (EMRs). The ever–growing clinic already comprises several facilities and employs over 700 people, so the 10-person IT team was buried under loads of tasks and was eager to automate monitoring processes to improve data security. Failure to secure EMRs could cost Medical Center Clinic millions of dollars in fines for non-compliance with HIPAA and even result in its shutdown.
Medical Center Clinic chose Netwrix Auditor for its ease of use and detailed reports, which provide the IT team with all the information they need to improve security and compliance. The solution enabled the clinic to gain the following benefits:
- Easy monitoring of file server activity. With visibility into all file server activity, the IT team can promptly detect and thwart malicious activity before a data breach occurs. In addition, using Netwrix Auditor’s complete report on excessive access permissions, they were able to ensure that only appropriate users can access and modify sensitive data.
- Faster and easier audit preparation. Netwrix Auditor consolidates all the information demonstrating how user activity is monitored, as required by auditors. Now it takes the IT team 10 days instead of a full month to prepare all the reports.
- Increased accountability of IT personnel. With detailed information about user activity at hand, senior IT staff can monitor the actions of junior IT personnel and make sure they do not disrupt business processes. Overall, the IT staff has become more responsible for their actions, so the number of changes made without proper consultation has gone down to almost zero.
"For security and HIPAA compliance reasons, we must regularly monitor activity across the IT infrastructure. Before, I was working 80–90 hours a week trying to review it. Netwrix Auditor automated the monitoring process and brought this all down to a manageable workflow, cutting my workload in half. The software exceeded my expectations, since it also greatly reduced unauthorized administrative-level changes, improved our security due to enhanced user accountability and streamlined the compliance process. Now preparations for HIPAA audits take 40% less time," said Juan Galvan, Network Administrator at Medical Center Clinic.
"Healthcare is one of the most heavily regulated industries in the world. Quite rightly, HIPAA is among the most rigorous compliance standards. Profound visibility into activity across the IT environment enables IT teams to become more resilient to cyber threats, map internal processes to HIPAA controls and successfully pass audits with less effort," said Michael Fimin, CEO and Co-founder of Netwrix.
To read the complete case study, please visit: www.netwrix.com/go/medical_center_clinic
About Netwrix Corporation
Netwrix Corporation was the first vendor to introduce a visibility and governance platform for hybrid cloud security. More than 160,000 IT departments worldwide rely on Netwrix to detect insider threats on premises and in the cloud, pass compliance audits with less effort and expense, and increase productivity of IT security and operations teams. Founded in 2006, Netwrix has earned more than 100 industry awards and been named to both the Inc. 5000 and Deloitte Technology Fast 500 lists of the fastest growing companies in the U.S. For more information, visit www.netwrix.com
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