Censinet Delivers First Healthcare Industry Cybersecurity Risk Assessment Workflows for Research & Institutional Review Boards

Censinet RiskOps for Research & IRB Eliminates Antiquated, Risk-Prone or Non-Existent Approaches to Protecting Patient Data

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – June 29, 2021Censinet, the leading provider of healthcare IT risk solutions, today announced a significant expansion of its Censinet RiskOps platform with the formalized introduction of intelligence and workflows that address the cybersecurity requirements of healthcare research, including research overseen by an Institutional Review Board (IRB). Under FDA regulations, an IRB is an appropriately constituted group that has been formally designated to review and monitor biomedical research involving human subjects.

“The addition of Research & IRB capabilities into Censinet RiskOps addresses a major vulnerability for many organizations and enables our healthcare providers to deliver more continuous coverage to drive down their risk significantly,” said Ed Gaudet, CEO and Founder of Censinet. “Health systems face a unique portfolio of risks in caring for patients. Our laser focus on healthcare enables us to continually deliver industry-driven solutions that general-purpose risk solutions just can’t. Censinet RiskOps for Research & IRB exemplifies that.”

As part of the IRB review process, institutions contributing and managing subject data must ensure they manage it appropriately while ensuring that measures are put in place for protection. Too often, these research projects are run by professionals with limited or no experience with cybersecurity, repeatedly without the oversight of the CISO or risk IT team. In the too infrequent event that a cybersecurity risk assessment is done for research, it’s likely using the same antiquated spreadsheet methods now superseded by Censinet RiskOps. For research and IRBs, Censinet RiskOps for Research & IRB help assess and manage the cybersecurity risk to a hospital system’s sharing PHI with researchers. General IRB workflow tools do not cover this cybersecurity approach because they focus on study oversight, not on data protection.

“Protecting data in support of IRB research studies is a core pillar of our cybersecurity program at Intermountain Healthcare, and IRB assessments represent a significant portion of our overall risk assessments annually,” said Erik Decker, Assistant Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer at Intermountain Healthcare.  “Censinet RiskOps enables us to automate IRB risk assessments on the same platform we use for IT vendor and product assessments, consolidating, coordinating, and unifying our cybersecurity risk management program.”

Censinet RiskOps for Research & IRB is available now. For a live preview of the research and IRB workflows, along with Censinet’s market-leading vendor risk management capabilities, please visit censinet.com/riskops-demo-request.

About Censinet

Censinet, based in Boston, MA, enables healthcare organizations to take the risk out of their business with Censinet RiskOps™, the first and only cloud-based exchange that integrates and consolidates enterprise risk management and operations capabilities across critical clinical and business areas. Censinet RiskOps builds upon the Company’s foundational success with third-party risk management (TPRM) for healthcare. As a result, Censinet transforms healthcare risk by increasing productivity and operational effectiveness while eliminating risks to care delivery, data privacy, and patient safety. Find out more about Censinet and its RiskOps platform at censinet.com.


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