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Coalfire assessment validates that InstaMed’s Payment Card Encryption significantly reduces the risk of a data breach

PHILADELPHIA, PA and LOUISVILLE, CO (June 21, 2012) – Coalfire Systems Inc. (Coalfire), a respected Payment Card Industry (PCI) Payment Application – Qualified Security Assessor (PA-QSA) company, announced today that healthcare providers will reduce the scope of PCI compliance requirements with InstaMed, the leading Healthcare Payments Network.  InstaMed’s Payment Card Encryption, integrated with MagTek®’s MagneSafe Security Architecture and secure payment card devices, enables providers to significantly reduce and nearly eliminate their risk of a data breach.

Coalfire has published the details of its assessment of InstaMed’s Payment Card Encryption and how it benefits providers in a recent white paper.  Read the full white paper at:

“Our mission is to deliver the knowledge that organizations need in order to meet the highest levels of payment card security,” said Kennet Westby, President of Coalfire.  “After conducting comprehensive technical lab testing and forensic analysis of InstaMed’s Payment Card Encryption integrated with the MagTek devices, we have validated its security and effectiveness.  When properly deployed, InstaMed’s Payment Card Encryption is one of the most effective data security controls available to healthcare providers today.”

“The risk of a data breach in the healthcare payments process is high, especially at the point of interaction with a patient, and the financial and reputational costs of a breach are significant for healthcare providers,” said Bill Marvin, President and CEO of InstaMed.  “Protecting patient cardholder data is crucial to the success of all providers, from solo practitioners to billion dollar health systems.  We are committed to delivering innovations that offer the highest levels of compliance to enhance security for providers, and we are excited that Coalfire has validated our efforts.”

About InstaMed’s Payment Card Encryption
Integrated with MagTek’s MagneSafe Security Architecture and secure payment card devices, InstaMed’s Payment Card Encryption reduces the scope of PCI compliance requirements by encrypting patient cardholder data at the point of interation (POI), where data is captured by swipe or data entry.  Once encrypted, sensitive cardholder data is not decrypted until it arrives at a secured end point.  Furthermore, the healthcare provider has no access to this data once a payment card has been swiped or data has been entered manually at the POI.  Therefore, InstaMed’s Payment Card Encryption simplifies PCI compliance for providers and significantly reduces the risk of a data breach.

About Coalfire
Coalfire is a leading, independent information technology Governance, Risk and Compliance (IT GRC) firm that provides IT audit, risk assessment and compliance management solutions.  Founded in 2001, Coalfire has offices in Dallas, Denver, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, D.C., and completes thousands of projects annually in retail, financial services, healthcare, government and utilities.  Coalfire has developed a new generation of cloud-based IT GRC tools under the NavisTM brand that Coalfire clients use to efficiently manage IT controls and keep pace with rapidly changing regulations and best practices.  Coalfire’s solutions are adapted to requirements under emerging data privacy legislation, the PCI DSS, GLBA, FFIEC, HIPAA/HITECH, NERC CIP, Sarbanes-Oxley and FISMA.  For more information, visit

About MagTek
Since 1972, MagTek has been a leading manufacturer of electronic devices and systems for the reliable issuance, reading, transmission and security of cards, checks, PINs and other identification documents.  Leading with innovation and engineering excellence, MagTek is known for quality and dependability.  Its products include secure card readers, check scanners, PIN pads and distributed credential issuing systems.  These products are used worldwide by financial institutions, retailers, hotels, law enforcement agencies and other organizations to provide secure and efficient electronic payment and identification transactions.

Today, MagTek continues to innovate with the development of a new generation of security centric products secured by MagneSafe™.  By leveraging strong encryption, secure tokenization, real time authentication and dynamic payment card data, MagneSafe products enable users to assess and validate the trustworthiness of credentials used for online identification, payment processing, and other high-value electronic transactions.

MagTek is based in Seal Beach, California, and has sales offices throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia, with independent distributors in over 40 countries.  For more information, please visit

About InstaMed
InstaMed’s Healthcare Payments Network transforms the business of healthcare by connecting healthcare providers, payers and patients for highly secure and mission critical communications, administrative transactions and payments.  Leveraging a single, integrated network in its private cloud, InstaMed supports healthcare clearinghouse, eligibility, estimation, patient and payer payment and patient billing transactions.  InstaMed’s solutions deliver payment assurance to providers, enable payers to disburse payments at a lower cost with fewer incidents of fraud, and give patients a simple, convenient and secure way to pay.  The InstaMed Network powers healthcare payments for over 200,000 providers nationally with tens of billions of dollars in healthcare payments processed.  Visit InstaMed on the web at

Coalfire Contact:
Kennet Westby
[email protected]
(206) 352-6028

InstaMed Contact:
InstaMed Public Relations
[email protected]
(215) 789-3680

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