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GFI Hopes to Help MSPs Get Hip to HIPAA

By Doug Barney

GFI Software cares so much about MSPs it has an entire unit, GFI MAX, devoted to the cause. Now GFI MAX wants to help its partners help their customers get their arms around HIPAA. The help comes in the form of the new HIPAA readiness pack for GFI MAX MSPs.

HIPAA isn’t exactly new, but Obama Care is driving a deadline of Sept. 23 of this year for companies to be in compliance.

“The HIPAA readiness pack illustrates GFI MAX’s continued commitment to making sure that MSPs are equipped to provide their customers with the services they require as business needs evolve and expand. With the HIPAA readiness pack, MAX MSPs will not only be better prepared to continue doing business with current healthcare customers, but also will be better positioned to attract new customers in that field looking for a managed service provider that understands the unique needs of their industry,” GFI said.  


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The idea is that the MSP can be a trusted advisor of sorts to their healthcare customers.

The readiness pack is so MSPs don’t get caught unawares, but instead can be proactive and help health companies and health care associates beat the actual deadline.

Here is what is in the pack, GFI said:

  • “An Effective Approach Toward MSP HIPAA Compliance,” an independently written white paper which reviews HIPAA requirements and offers detailed recommendations and vital resources to aid MSPs in achieving compliance and strengthening their relationships with their customers.
  • A configuration and hardening guide that shows MSPs how to configure GFI MAX software to comply with new regulations and get the most out of the GFI MAX platform.
  • A Business Associate Agreement (BAA), which GFI MAX will be happy to sign for any customer that requires it.”

GFI MAX tapped Fabian Oliva, an independent security and compliance analyst, to pen the paper. “These sorts of federal changes are often obscured by confusion and poor communication. By proactively providing customers with an easy-to-use guide, GFI MAX is empowering its customers to meet the deadline with confidence,” Oliva said.

MSPs are just helping clients comply – in many cases the MSP itself has to comply. GFI hopes it can be of help in both cases.

“We recognize that MSPs that work with healthcare providers have specific needs that must be met in order to continue doing business under the regulations. Our HIPAA readiness pack, along with the GFI MAX platform, is designed to take the pain out of the process, providing them with the information and tools they need to fulfill their customers’ requirements fully and effectively and allowing them to maintain their focus on the growth of their business and the satisfaction of their customers,” said Dr. Alistair Forbes, general manager of the GFI MAX business unit.




Edited by Alisen Downey

MSPToday Editor at Large

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