7 Medical Completes Type II SAS 70 Audit
On-demand service provider assures healthcare customers the highest level of operational and data security for handling business and patient data, systems and transactions
MINNEAPOLIS—December 9, 2009—7 Medical Systems™, a leader in on-demand picture archiving and communication system (PACS), teleradiology, disaster recovery and electronic medical record (EMR) solutions for healthcare, today announced that it has successfully completed a service auditor’s review, commonly known as a SAS 70 audit, of its general controls supporting data center operations.
The company had engaged SAS 70 CPA, one of the nation’s leading independent SAS 70 auditing firms, to conduct a Type II SAS 70 audit. SAS 70 CPA performed extensive testing of the control activities that have been implemented by 7 Medical to ensure that control objectives were met and has rendered the following opinion, without exception:
- That the description of the controls prepared by 7 Medical presents fairly, in all material respects, the relevant aspects of the company’s controls that had been placed in operation as of October 31, 2009;
- That the controls are suitably designed to provide reasonable assurance that the specified control objectives would be achieved if those controls were complied with satisfactorily; and
- That the controls that were tested were operating with sufficient effectiveness to provide reasonable, but not absolute, assurance that the control objectives were achieved during the review period of May 1, 2009 through October 31, 2009.
“7 Medical understands the importance of corporate governance and the impact of the company’s services on its clients’ internal controls. Successful completion of the Type II SAS 70 audit assures healthcare clients of 7 Medical’s continued commitment to maintaining the highest level of operational and data security standards for handling business and patient data, systems and transactions that also meets the requirements of Sarbanes-Oxley,” said Joseph E. Maddox, CPA, CA and president of SAS 70 CPA. “Nothing speaks louder than sound business practices like Type II SAS 70 certification, and the HIPAA compliance 7 Medical recently attained. We were also impressed with the speed with which they were able to complete their audit.”
Because Sarbanes-Oxley legislation has placed an increased focus on the internal controls of business partners, the SAS 70 audit report is designed to provide 7 Medical clients with a certain level of assurance regarding the controls that are maintained by the company. The SAS 70 report addresses all five components of internal control outlined in Sarbanes-Oxley, including the control environment, risk assessment, monitoring, information systems and communication.
“As an on-demand service provider, hospitals and practices depend on our health IT systems to improve the delivery and quality of care while dramatically reducing costs. That’s why it’s critical that the service and support we provide meets the highest standards for security and service availability,” said Jason Studsrud, chief executive officer of 7 Medical Systems. “We want to assure customers, vendors and business associates that it is safe to do business with us, and they should not settle for any less.”
The successful completion of the Type II SAS 70 audit is only part of 7 Medical’s continued commitment to maintaining a high level of internal control. To ensure ongoing adherence to the latest operational and data security standards, 7 Medical intends to undergo a Type II audit on an annual basis.
ABOUT 7 MEDICAL SYSTEMS, LLC
7 Medical Systems™, LLC (www.7medical.com) is a leading provider of on-demand PACS, teleradiology, EMR, disaster recovery and computing solutions for healthcare. The Minneapolis-based company delivers reliable, affordable solutions to critical access hospitals, imaging centers, radiology groups and ambulatory clinics. Rather than investing capital to own and manage hardware and software in-house, healthcare facilities outsource these critical functions to 7 Medical. They trade in hefty capital expenses for more affordable monthly usage fees—paying only for what they use. 7 Medical’s clinical project managers enable facilities to efficiently automate workflows and integrate disparate systems to ensure successful integration, implementation and training. On-demand services are available anytime, anywhere, with 24/7 service and support and built-in disaster recovery, from a Type II SAS 70 certified data center and HIPAA compliance.
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Loan D. Gordon
7 Medical Systems, LLC