History Behind HITRUST
Security rules surrounding the healthcare industry and its technology can seem overwhelmingly complicated and strict, but HITRUST (Health Information Trust Alliance) is becoming a viable and simplified option to help all involved. HITRUST is the organization that created and maintains ongoing changes to the Common Security Framework and includes HIPAA, PCI, ISO, and NIST compliance regulations. The goal for HITRUST’s cybersecurity framework is to set a comprehensive baseline for healthcare security controls. Creating a normalized and universally recognized framework, HITRUST provides organizations with clarity and consistency for compliance with healthcare security requirements.
HITRUST is led by a management team and governed by an Executive Council made up of leaders from across a variety of industry. These leaders represent the governance of the organization, but other founders also comprise the leadership to ensure the framework meets the short and long term needs of the entire industry. Organizations can become HITRUST-certified by having a third-party auditor come onsite to validate the use of specific controls; those controls may vary based on the company’s size and complexity, and include requirements such as proper access control, security policy, asset management, incident management, and business continuity management.
With ongoing improvements, the HITRUST CSF has become the most popular and widely adopted security framework in the U.S. healthcare industry. It’s important for the healthcare industry to understand the difference between HITRUST and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) as they are closely related, but not interchangeable. Give 2W Tech a call today to learn the difference between HITRUST and HIPAA and let your Security Experts help you in your journey with compliance.
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