FairWarning Privacy Excellence Awards Honor Leading Providers for Commitment to Patient Privacy

fairwarning awardFairWarning, the inventor and KLAS category leader in patient privacy monitoring, announced the winners of its inaugural Privacy Excellence Awards at HIMSS14. The awards recognize healthcare organizations that are leading the way in protecting patient privacy.

According to Christian Merhy, FairWarning’s vice president of marketing, winners were selected by an independent panel of privacy experts from around the world, though FairWarning officials and staff oversaw the process to ensure its integrity.

The Privacy Excellence Awards showcase six healthcare organizations from around the world that remain are committed to delivering the best quality of care and “creating a culture of privacy and compliance through courage, innovation, and dedication,” according the news release on the announcement.

The overall achievement award winner – the organization with the highest score worldwide — was St . Dominic ’s  from Jackson, Miss.

Visionary of the year went to UPMC in Pittsburgh, Penn. The “organization exemplifies how an imaginative and enterprising spirit and custom privacy program results in a strong culture of patient privacy,” according to FairWarning, the Clearwater, Fla.-based software firm.

The visionary of the year award was designed to highlight those organizations whose technical and cultural innovations and industry “firsts” have been instrumental in shaping the industry through contributions of knowledge and best practices.

The overall 2014 winners include:

Also recognized for outstanding contributions to privacy were:

“This year’s Privacy Excellence Award winners are the best of the best, and it has been a sincere honor to work with them over the years,” said Kurt Long in a statement, FairWarning’s founder and CEO. “FairWarning and its customers are leaving a lasting impression on healthcare, so that patients can share their most sensitive information confidently in order to receive the best care possible.”

Peer Judging

The Privacy Excellence Award submissions were reviewed and assessed by a panel of hand- selected judges from government and industry who demonstrate a commitment to privacy as an ideal.

The judges included:

Winners are recognized for a full calendar year and will be featured in FairWarning webinars and industry events across the country. The Privacy Excellence Awards program also offers professional video profile of the winning privacy teams, speaking engagements, the use of electronic signage, and print award emblems for use in perpetuity.

FairWarning will host a webinar,Winners: How Privacy is Impacting Patient Care,” on March 18, 2014 at 2 p.m. EST. More info can be found here: http://goo.gl/djFVeu.

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