Sensible Vision Previews Breakthrough Solution for Continuous Information Protection; Establishes Technical Advisory Board with Healthcare Thought Leaders from Kaiser Permanente and Skylight Healthcare
HIMSS, SAN DIEGO, CA, February 13, 2006 – Sensible Vision, an emerging provider of continuous access control solutions for securing computers, today announced a breakthrough approach for dramatically simplifying the continuous protection of sensitive healthcare information. Using patent-pending biometric facial recognition, Sensible Vision’s forthcoming solution – FastAccess™ – automatically authenticates and audits user sign-on to computers in healthcare settings. This significantly reduces the need for login passwords, improves healthcare staff productivity, and ensures adherence to privacy policies and regulations, such as HIPAA and JCAHO.
Currently in field trials, FastAccess is being previewed this week at the HIMSS show, February 12-16, 2006, San Diego Convention Center, Sensible Vision Booth #7109 (Electronic Health Records Pavilion - EHR).
Sensible Vision also today announced the formation of its Technical Advisory Board, bringing together accomplished experts and thought leaders to provide strategic recommendations and insight into dynamic market conditions and product directions. Leading healthcare veterans named to the advisory board include: Rob Alger, Director, IT Strategy, Kaiser Permanente; and Phil Groves, senior vice president, Skylight Healthcare Systems.
“Introducing technology into complex care delivery environments requires organizations to provide the highest levels of security and privacy, without disrupting or unduly burdening the clinical workflow,” said Alger. “Sensible Vision complements existing workflows to minimize clinical time spent establishing identity while still meeting the most stringent tests for security, privacy and regulatory compliance. I look forward to helping the company drive the evolution and adoption of this critical technology.”
“I am pleased to be working with Sensible Vision as an advisor,” said Groves. “Reducing the time spent clearing secured access continues to be a challenge. Sensible Vision is on the right track to addressing this. Not only does it make users more productive with a lower cost of ownership, it reduces the amount of time IT staff has to spend on administering security processes.”
Automatic Authentication and Continuous Access Control
Sensible Vision’s FastAccess is an insider firewall that automatically authenticates and continuously audits a user as they access a computer or workstation. Like a network firewall, FastAccess is always on guard and monitoring to ensure authorized access. However, while a network firewall controls access to the networks and Internet, FastAccess is an insider firewall that constantly controls access to the other network portal: the computer’s monitor, keyboard, hard drive and other I/O ports.
“We are out to change the way healthcare staff securely accesses computers and workstations,” said Cyrus Azar, CTO of Sensible Vision. “Our patent-pending technology brings fast, measurable benefits to any healthcare organization. We recognize and authenticate a user in less time than entering a password while eliminating frustrating inactivity timers that lock the computer. This is a new paradigm that streamlines computer access and security for the staff and is equally simple for any size organization to install and maintain.”
As healthcare providers struggle with staff productivity, quality care, and privacy compliance, there continues to be a dearth of effective solutions that secure protected information without adding costly and time-consuming procedures for both the user and IT staff. Password security is both difficult to enforce and ineffective in practice. Standard biometrics and tokens are expensive to implement. Tokens must be carried by the user while previous biometrics have proven inconvenient to use or unreliable.
Most importantly, none of these approaches offers continuous security; they simply authenticate the user at initial login. In busy healthcare settings, a valid security policy requires authentication each time a user accesses the computer. Using a token or entering passwords 15, 20 or 50 times a day impacts staff productivity and, consequently, impedes patient care.
FastAccess automatically authenticates and grants access to authorized users as they step up to their computers. Advantages include:
• No More Unsecured, Unattended Computers: Computers instantly secure themselves when users step away.
• Better User Productivity: Users can focus on their jobs rather than time-consuming and frustrating processes of constantly entering passwords or other authentication procedures.
• Improved Access Control and Auditing: Provides an accurate audit of computer and network access for business and regulatory compliance – a true audit log of who’s been at the computer and when.
• Simple Setup and Administration: Unlike other security and biometric solutions, no special enrollment procedure is needed. Administrators can configure FastAccess locally or remotely through Microsoft’s Active Directory.
FastAccess is available directly from Sensible Vision and through its growing base of resellers and systems integrators throughout the world. The company is building OEM relationships to integrate its continuous authentication software into hardware products such as point of sale, pharmacy automation solutions and medical equipment as well as with the leading healthcare software vendors.
About Sensible Vision
Headquartered in Covert, Michigan, Sensible Vision Inc. (www.sensiblevision.com) is an emerging provider of continuous access control solutions for securing computers using facial recognition. Sensible Vision’s flagship product, FastAccess™, is an insider firewall that provides quick and continuous authentication and access control for computers and workstations. Using patent-pending biometric facial recognition, it speeds and simplifies access to the computer in a way that is economical and easy to deploy.
FastAccess is a trademark of Sensible Vision, Inc. All other names and trademarks referenced herein are the properties of their respective owners. 2/2006
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