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Compliance Mapping For Healthcare Documents

Network Frontiers : 15 January, 2011  (New Product)
Unified compliance framework quarterly update concentrates on the healthcare industry enabling simplified mapping of compliance
Network Frontiers has released the Q4 2010 Unified Compliance Framework quarterly update. The Q4 2010 release focuses on mapping Healthcare Authority Documents.



Mapping compliance guidance to governance controls is a demanding process, as it involves analyzing and harmonizing an often lengthy series of interconnected instructions, rules, and regulations, and then distilling often obtuse verbiage into a set of understandable guidelines. But even Network Frontiers professional compliance mappers were amazed at the overall lack of clarity in the lengthy healthcare compliance documents.



"We know how to work effectively with often obtuse compliance authority documents, but I have to admit that healthcare overall is by far the most complex and convoluted documentation we've seen," says Dorian Cougias, Lead Analyst of the Unified Compliance Framework (UCF).



Thankfully, UCF users don’t have to struggle with making sense of compliance documents. The UCF maps IT controls from over 400 international regulatory requirements, standards and guidelines, and is updated quarterly. The newest update includes 724 IT controls mapped from 14 Healthcare authority documents, with a total of 4,726 newly added or revised citations in the Q4 2010 update.



Network Frontiers' unique methodology transforms this massive compilation of data into a single set of straightforward requirements that clearly show the many points where multiple regulations overlap, enabling businesses to quickly create a customized set of controls that fully make use of their existing compliance policies, processes and tools.



Inspired by the lack of clarity in the healthcare authority documents, the UCF is now publicly publishing The Unified Compliance and Governance Manual of Style. This manual will be available in both Word and PDF formats to all UCF licensees. It is based on the legislative style manuals that the US Federal Government and US states use.



"The style manual will help people provide clear, actionable compliance documentation for their own projects," says Cougias.



The UCF is the trusted source for business compliance management and has been licensed by industry leaders including Microsoft, McAfee, Lumension, and Wolters Kluwer for use in their own governance, compliance, and risk management solutions. Many UCF users begin working with the spreadsheets and, as they realize the value and ROI of the harmonizing IT controls, move up to a Network Frontier partner’s automated solution to further alleviate the stress and cost of compliance demands.



The UCF is also available for direct purchase, in spreadsheet format, from Network Frontiers.



The UCF was created by Dorian Cougias and his research partner, Marcelo Halpern of the international law firm Latham and Watkins, which oversees all legal aspects of the UCF.


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