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New Client Fairview Health Services Selects CynergisTek for Proactive Approach to Security

Minneapolis, MN based health system determines managed service will help identify and address security risks

CynergisTek (NYSE AMERICAN: CTEK), a leading cybersecurity firm helping more than 1,000 healthcare facilities navigate emerging security and privacy issues, today announced that Fairview Health Services, one of Minnesota’s largest health systems, has joined the growing CTEK managed services client base.

During the managed service engagement, CynergisTek will perform periodic and recurring comprehensive risk assessments and provide advisory services supporting remediation efforts.

“We looked to CynergisTek to help us identify and reduce risk because their methodology adds in a human layer and skillset that we believe will aid us in building and maintaining a strong cyber resilient program,” says James Brady, Chief Information Security Officer and Vice President of Infrastructure for Fairview Health Services.

In CynergisTek’s third annual report, Moving Forward: Setting the Direction, it identified that organizations who have invested resources, time and money into security show year-over-year improvement in their NIST CSF scores. Through CynergisTek’s managed services program, clients have the foundation to implement a three-year plan to keep improving and maturing their security program while maintaining a predictable year-over-year budget.

“We are delighted to have Fairview Health Services as a new CynergisTek client. The momentum we’re seeing from some of the largest health systems joining the CTEK family in a time when COVID-19 has disrupted the industry is a testament to our reputation and the expertise of our people,” said Caleb Barlow, CEO and president at CynergisTek. Mr. Barlow went on to say “This recent signing coupled with the Valley Health System release we made last week is a positive sign that healthcare is trending to the next normal – the necessity to validate security effectiveness in a time when employees are working from home, the expansion of the network and its complexity has increased along with the brazen targeting from malicious hackers, like we saw in the recent Universal Health System ransomware attack, are no longer giving healthcare a reprieve.”

About Fairview Health System

Fairview Health Services (fairview.org) is a Minneapolis-based nonprofit health system driven to heal, discover and educate for longer, healthier lives. Founded in 1906, Fairview provides exceptional care to patients and communities as one of the most comprehensive and geographically accessible systems in Minnesota. Fairview has enjoyed a long partnership with the University of Minnesota and University of Minnesota Physicians, now represented in the M Health Fairview brand. Together, we offer access to breakthrough medical research and specialty expertise as part of a continuum of care that reaches all ages and health needs.

About CynergisTek, Inc.

CynergisTek is a top-ranked cybersecurity firm dedicated to serving the information assurance needs of the healthcare industry. CynergisTek offers specialized services and solutions to help organizations achieve privacy, security, and compliance goals. Since 2004, the company has served as a partner to hundreds of healthcare organizations and is dedicated to supporting and educating the industry by contributing to relevant industry associations. The company has been recognized by KLAS as a

M Health Fairview Applauds PreferredOne as First in Minnesota to Cover Innovative Prescription Digital Therapeutics to Treat Addiction

Largest Minnesota health system urging others to cover the FDA-authorized treatments

PreferredOne, Fairview’s health benefits management company, is the first health insurance provider in Minnesota to cover two innovative prescription digital therapeutics (PDTs) to treat addiction: reSET® and reSET-O®, which are manufactured by Pear Therapeutics, Inc. The software-based treatments are authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and are indicated to treat substance use disorder and opioid use disorder, respectively.

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PreferredOne, Fairview’s health benefits management company, is the first health insurance provider in Minnesota to cover two FDA-approved prescription digital therapeutics to treat addiction. (Provided by Pear Therapeutics)

reSET and reSET-O are the first two PDTs to receive market authorization to treat disease from FDA. PDTs are apps that are downloaded to a patient’s mobile device after being prescribed. Both products, which are adjunctive to outpatient counselling, provide patients with algorithm-driven cognitive behavioral therapy, fluency training, and contingency management, while clinicians receive access to clinical dashboards to inform in-office and tele visits. reSET is used as a monotherapy and reSET-O is used in combination with transmucosal buprenorphine.

“M Health Fairview is committed to ensuring our patients have coverage for these innovative mental health resources, and we’re excited that PreferredOne is leading the way in Minnesota by offering these products,” said Beth Heinz, executive of mental health and addiction services for M Health Fairview. “The only way to ensure broad access is for other payors to join us in reimbursing these products. Patients in all systems will benefit when more providers join this effort and enable physicians to prescribe these solutions.”

The COVID-19 pandemic arrived amid an ongoing addiction crisis, and it exacerbated health issues for many Minnesotans. Only 1 in 10 people with a substance use disorder receive treatment in the U.S., according to the Minnesota Department of Health.

“We applaud PreferredOne and M Health Fairview’s commitment to addiction and mental health coverage,” said Corey McCann, M.D., Ph.D., President and CEO of Pear Therapeutics. “Now, more than ever, people struggling with substance use disorders need access to recovery support and treatment due to the impact of the pandemic. Together we can address this unmet need, and we hope that other health plans in Minnesota will join in taking this step to ensure access to innovative evidence-based therapeutics for all Minnesotans.”

About M Health Fairview

M Health Fairview is the newly expanded collaboration between the University of Minnesota, University of Minnesota Physicians, and Fairview Health Services. The healthcare system combines the best of academic and community medicine – expanding access to world-class, breakthrough care through our 10 hospitals and 60 clinics.

About PreferredOne

PreferredOne, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fairview Health Services, leads the market with products and services that conserve employer health plan dollars while helping more than 364,000 members achieve their best health. Comprehensive local and national provider networks together with an emphasis on health care cost and quality maximize the value of employee health