Molina Healthcare Deploys Data Masking to Protect Personal Health Information

Dec. 22, 2009

Fremont, Calif., December 21, 2009 – dataguise (http://www.dataguise.com), a leading innovator of security solutions for protecting sensitive data across the enterprise, today announced that Molina Healthcare has deployed dataguise dgmasker™ and dgdiscover™ in more than 100 training, development and testing environments. dataguise security products identify and mask the Personal Health Information (PHI) of Molina Healthcare’s members and providers, protecting sensitive data and enabling the managed care organization to meet HIPAA compliance requirements.

Molina Healthcare, Inc. is a multi-state managed care organization that arranges for the delivery of healthcare services to persons eligible for Medicaid, Medicare, and other government-sponsored programs for low-income families and individuals. Altogether, Molina Healthcare’s licensed health plan subsidiaries in California, Florida, Michigan, Missouri, New Mexico, Ohio, Texas, Utah and Washington currently serve approximately 1.3 million members.

Prior to dataguise, Molina Healthcare was relying on an internally developed solution, which proved to be unreliable, difficult to maintain and required frequent adjustments. Since implementing the dataguise solutions, Molina Healthcare has eliminated the risk of exposure and access to its sensitive data while reducing the overhead needed for dedicated resources to manage and maintain the integrity of its database environments by 300 percent.

“As a healthcare organization that supports government programs, we are constantly receiving and storing highly sensitive data; a data breach would not only have a negative impact on customer satisfaction, but would also jeopardize our fulfilling HIPAA compliance standards,” said Nitin Gotmare, director of IT for Molina Healthcare. “The dataguise technology desensitizes information so that a breach is not possible. With dgmasker and dgdiscover in place, we can provide our customers and members with peace of mind that their personal health information is safe and secure.”

dataguise dgdiscover and dgmasker are designed to find structured database repositories across the network, search and discover sensitive data in structured databases, and then mask or de-identify to protect sensitive data. With dataguise, organizations have access to a single product that finds, searches and masks sensitive data across all databases throughout the enterprise. This allows organizations to create corporate masking policies for faster adherence to compliance regulations, lower risk of a data breach, and reduce reliance on cumbersome single database masking solutions. While most organizations have measures in place to control access to critical data in their production environments, this protection does not always extend to non-production data – an area addressed by dataguise.

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