NEW YORK, Oct. 5, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Virtual Health Partners, Inc. (VHP), a New York-based innovator in virtual healthcare, has announced that VHP's innovative, online patient care platform (which specializes in aftercare for weight loss procedure patients) has passed an extensive HIPAA and security audit by SecurityMetrics®, a leading, worldwide provider and innovator in data security and compliance solutions.
VHP believes that the audit by SecurityMetrics establishes VHP's portal as the first and only on-demand virtual health web portal specializing in weight loss to go through a thorough HIPAA compliance assessment and audit, thus providing an important competitive feature for the VHP portal.
HIPAA is the acronym for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, the federal law, which protects the privacy and security of health information.
This audit comes on the heels of VHP's recent launch of its proprietary patient care platform with real-time support. The platform, which is accessible to patients through participating hospitals, medical device companies and physicians, focuses on ancillary care treatment, such as nutrition, fitness and behavioral modification, through a comprehensive care model. In addition, the VHP platform provides on-demand support 24/7, tailored to meet the needs of patients who undergo procedures or treatments for weight loss, weight loss surgery, intragastric balloons, liposuction, gestational diabetes and fertility.
The audit demonstrated that VHP's platform passed multiple levels of security authorizations, following a proven and recommended process, to mitigate attempted violations and breaches to their clients protected information. In addition, Virtual Health Partners implemented continuous vulnerability testing to catch any potential risks and mitigate them before any problems could arise in the system. The audit also found that VHP has implemented multiple layers of controls and back-up utilizing Amazon web servers, which manage the VHP platform.
Jillian Bridgette Cohen, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of VHP stated, "We are very pleased with the validation of our platform achieved through this audit, as it enhances our confidence that all of our current data and our customer's data and privacy are protected. In addition, this achievement certifies that we are compliant with crucial personal health information and that we have all the security policies in place to protect and mitigate our client's security risks."
Brand Barney, a Security Assessor at SecurityMetrics added "Many of the HIPAA mandates are vague and complex, often making it incomprehensible for even technical professionals. Because of its complex technology, process, and procedure, many organizations aren't actively choosing to participate in HIPAA compliance and security today. What we loved about Virtual Health Partners is they approached us and took data security seriously, actively seeking to protect their PHI," Mr. Barney also went on to say "VHP deserves a high five for their dedication to security and HIPAA compliance."
Dr. Shawn Garber, Co-Founder and President of VHP said, "As a physician I know the importance of HIPAA compliance to myself, my practice, and my patients. At VHP we can leverage the validation achieved by this certification and continue to expand our outreach to multiple medical specialties, as well as hospital systems and medical device companies who are looking for the confidence a HIPAA audit provides."
SecurityMetrics protects electronic commerce and payments leaders, global acquirers, and their retail customers from security breaches and data theft. The company is a leading provider and innovator in merchant data security, and as an Approved Scanning Vendor and Qualified Security Assessor, has tested over 1 million payment systems for data security and compliance. Among other things, SecurityMetrics offers PCI Level 4 compliance programs, PCI audits, mobile device vulnerability scanning, penetration testing, and forensic analysis. Founded in October 2000, SecurityMetrics is a privately held company headquartered in Orem, Utah, USA.
About Virtual Health Partners® (www.virtualhealthpartners.com)
Virtual Health Partners, Inc. is an innovator in virtual healthcare. Our proprietary, on-demand platform focuses on ancillary care treatment, such as nutrition, fitness and behavior modification, which are essential components to successful long-term patient outcomes. VHP believes that it is the only on-demand nutrition and weight loss procedure aftercare platform that has passed a security audit insuring HIPAA compliance.
For more information,
Contact: Virtual Health Partners, Inc.
Jillian Bridgette Cohen, Chief Executive Officer
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