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October 25, 2011

Visiting Nurse Service of New York to Use Symplified's Centralized Cloud Identity and Access Management System

Symplified®, acloud security company, today announced that the Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY) has chosen Symplified for centralized cloud identity and access management for its 15,000 patients, according to a company press release posted at

This application will allow VNSNY to provide secure ways for authorized users to get access to patient information through the “cloud,” a way of storing and retrieving data on the Internet.

VNSNY recently modernized its IT infrastructure, implementing several new Software as a Service (SaaS (News - Alert)) applications. SaaS allows entire businesses and thousands of employees to “run their computer tools as online rented products,” according to

The Symplified application allows VNSNY to provide secure access policies and single sign-on from any device, and audit usage for compliance reporting, according to the press release. Symplified is providing a centralized access management solution “that secures six public cloud applications as well as several private cloud apps,” as reported in the press release. Symplified’s ability to audit cloud application usage was crucial for VNSNY, which must meet data governance requirements for HIPAA and HITECH Act compliance.

VNSNY is the largest not-for-profit home health care organization in the United States, according to the press release. Founded in 1893 by Lillian Wald, the first public health nurse in the United States, VNSNY cares for 140,000 patients in the greater New York metro area, and for over 30,000 New Yorkers on any given day, according to the press release.

The HIPAA Privacy Rule provided the first nationally-recognized regulations for the use and disclosure of an individual's health information.

The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH Act) legislation was created to stimulate the adoption of electronic health records.

“Symplified’s ability to protect popular and less well known cloud applications, support our business processes and integrate with an existing Active Directory-based identity infrastructure were extremely important to us,” said Larry Whiteside, CISO of Visiting Nurse Service of New York, in the press release. “We have six SaaS applications that have gone live thus far and I am highly impressed with the speed and ease with which we have been able to roll these out to our very large, very mobile user base. Moving forward, we plan to utilize Symplified for more web-based applications, not only externally, but internally as well.”

Deborah DiSesa Hirsch is an award-winning health and technology writer who has worked for newspapers, magazines and IBM in her 20-year career. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Rich Steeves

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