Montréal, Quebec, August 17, 2001

CGI has added customized online training on the Health Portability and Accountability (HIPAA) to its comprehensive suite of HIPAA consulting and technology services. The online education courses are designed to train healthcare organizations quickly, conveniently, cost effectively and completely on HIPAA requirements.

What Is HIPAA

HIPAA mandates sweeping changes in the way healthcare organizations exchange information electronically, as well as safeguard the privacy and security of electronic health information. Because of the comprehensive and complex nature of HIPAA regulations, education has become essential to healthcare organizations’ compliance efforts. The challenge for every healthcare organization is to provide thorough and consistent staff training on HIPAA regulations, without creating an undue burden on the organization.

What CGI provides
Leveraging the speed and efficiency of the Internet, CGI has developed an online HIPAA education program as an alternative to onsite training for healthcare organizations. The curriculum covers all of the key provisions of HIPAA, including transactions, code sets and national identifiers, security and privacy, as well as the recently issued Privacy Guidance from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. CGI offers high-level courses for senior executives, mid-level courses for technology and compliance staff, and basic courses for other employees affected by procedural changes mandated by HIPAA.

The course content for CGI’s HIPAA training was developed by a team of healthcare compliance and training experts who have provided compliance consulting services to dozens of healthcare organizations throughout the United States. HIPAA training is conducted by senior-level consultants who have an in-depth understanding of HIPAA’s impact on a healthcare organization’s business operations and information systems. In addition to online and onsite HIPAA training, CGI’s healthcare consultants provide full-scale HIPAA assessment and remediation services to help clients achieve HIPAA compliance.

About CGI
Founded in 1976, CGI is the fourth largest independent information technology services firm in North America, based on its headcount of more than 13,000 professionals. CGI’s annualized revenue run-rate totals US$1.3 billion (CDN$2.0 billion). CGI’s order backlog currently totals US$5.7 billion (CDN$8.8 billion). CGI provides end-to-end IT services and business solutions to more than 3,000 clients in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, France, India, Japan, and Australia from more than 60 offices in more than 20 countries. CGI’s shares are listed on the NYSE (GIB) and the TSE (GIB.A). They are included in the TSE 300 Composite Index as well as the S&P/TSE Canadian Information Technology and Canadian MidCap Indices. Website: www.cgi.ca.