WALTHAM, MA--(Marketwire - Feb 14, 2012) - Security Management Partners (SMP), an independent information security consulting firm based in Waltham, Massachusetts, today announced that its hospitals and healthcare information technology (IT) audit and assessment services will now be available nationwide. Designed to help hospitals and healthcare organizations attest for meaningful use and mitigate security gaps and vulnerabilities, SMP already has more than 100 healthcare clients in the Northeast.

Throughout the region, SMP has earned the respect of IT and security professionals at hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals, Visiting Nurses Associations, regional healthcare centers, physician practices, and healthcare business associates. Specializing in meaningful use (MU), Healthcare Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) assessments, Security Management Partners conducts audits for healthcare organizations of all sizes and budget requirements.

"Security Management Partners not only audited and reviewed our certified EHR, but helped us to improve our security posture through technical testing of our external, internal, wireless, and application environments. Having an independent security partner like SMP has proven invaluable in the hospital's efforts to protect employee and patient records," said Gerald Greeley, Chief Information Officer for Winchester Hospital.

According to the provisions of the HITECH Act, healthcare organizations achieving meaningful use will be eligible for their share of the $20 billion-plus government-offered financial incentives based on how well eligible professionals use certified EHR technology to meet fifteen core and discretionary objectives. Security Management Partners delivers extensive expertise and valuable counsel, assisting healthcare organizations in complying with the requirements under 45 CFR 164.308(a)(1) and identifying security vulnerabilities as part of their risk management process.

"Security Management Partners helped us navigate the meaningful use IT risk assessment compliance issues and scoped an engagement specifically for Milton Hospital," said Jean Fernandez, Chief Information Officer for Milton Hospital. "SMP gave our organization peace of mind and solid recommendations to improve our layered security approach. We have now successfully attested for meaningful use stage one."

SMP President, James P. Achille, commented, "Expanding our coverage area from the Northeast throughout the U.S. was a logical progression in our company's growth. SMP listens closely to its customers and many of our clients are providers and physicians groups managing multiple locations. Our goal is to give them the business value that SMP is known for, whether they're in California, New Hampshire or Ohio."

About Security Management Partners
Since 2001 SMP has kept an intense focus on the design and delivery of services that identify, test and provide remediation advice to eliminate external and internal information security risks while helping companies adhere to today's evolving compliance rules. Security Management Partners does not sell any hardware or software products ensuring 100% neutrality in all of its assessments. For more information, please visit: www.smpone.com or call (781) 890-7671, extension 208.