Serial Entrepreneur Introduces Platform to Safeguard Patient Data...

Serial Entrepreneur Introduces Platform to Safeguard Patient Data During Pandemic

Healthcare Tech Outlook | Wednesday, August 05, 2020

Black Woman Tech founder Stacy Kirk develops a privacy and security technology to address HIPAA non-compliance.

FREMONT, CA: Stacy Kirk established her first company, software consulting firm QualityWorks LLC, after working for a decade in the tech space. A black-owned software consulting company specializing in digital transformation, web and mobile application development, and software testing. The tech startup recently celebrated its first decade and a quadrupled revenue since a 2015 expansion to Jamaica.

After experiencing the hurdles of establishing a cybersecurity program for her consultancy firm firsthand, it was due to the frustration felt in building out a cybersecurity program for QualityWorks that resulted in Ms. Kirk to establish her latest venture, Posture.

"I wanted something every business could afford. I wanted to create the QuickBooks of Privacy and Security Compliance," Ms. Kirk explains. "Many thought that solving this for under $100/month was not possible. Fortunately, our rich background in cybersecurity and process automation allowed us to identify commonalities and automate time-consuming procedures. For a new business, focused on growth and managing expenses, this would normally entail hiring a security consultant for $10,000+ to set up a program. Our goal is to help small and mid-sized businesses continue to grow without having to dedicate their limited resources to the regulatory minutia of HIPAA."

Cyber-attacks to healthcare organizations have multiplied since the onset of the COVID-19 crisis. Posture has intervened to help organizations like myCOVIDMD combat these attacks by quickly establishing or hardening their HIPAA Security and Privacy program. Establishing a HIPAA program can typically take weeks, but for many organizations that are pivoting to support the healthcare industry's needs, they dont have that time. COVID-19 has made practices more dependent on digital solutions such as telehealth platforms.

Dr. Nana Afoh-Manin, an ER doctor and Founder and Chief Medical Director of myCOVIDMD®, said, "Posture is the backbone to our telehealth HIPAA security and compliance service. We work with people who tend to have a distrust in the healthcare system. It was important to collaborate with a cybersecurity company that understood that. With Stacy as CEO, the value and importance of trust and reliable securities and compliance resonates from the top and permeates throughout the organization. Posture makes it personal."

"Stacy and the Posture team were flexible, thorough, and made the HIPAA compliance process extremely seamless. We are eternally grateful for supportive partners like Posture with their turnkey HIPAA-compliance training and certification process," commented Mohamed Kamara, CEO, and Founder of telehealth firm, InovCares.

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