It Starts With HIPAA
If you are a healthcare provider in the U.S., chances are you are very familiar with the Health Insurance Portability Act (HIPAA), which was enacted by the Congress in the 1990s. HIPAA provides the framework for regulations related to health-related data protection, security, and patient privacy.
Complying with HIPAA can seem almost overwhelming to healthcare providers. They are required to ensure the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of all data they create, receive, maintain, or transmit while providing reasonable protection against cyber or other threats. Simultaneously, providers are encouraged by patients and business advisors to implement the latest technology to properly store, manage, and transmit their confidential data efficiently. This new technology also means new assessments regarding security requirements to make sure providers are staying HIPAA compliant.
HIPAA Triggers HITRUST
Just more than a decade after HIPAA was established, relief came to healthcare providers in the form of the Health Information Trust Alliance (HITRUST). HITRUST is a not-for-profit organization created collaboratively between IT and healthcare professionals to help healthcare providers comply with HIPAA regulations through its Common Security Framework (CSF). The updated framework allows organizations to easily manage and report on the controls intended to address GDPR requirements.
HITRUST offers healthcare providers third-party assessments that can verify that their organizations have met all of the industry-defined certification requirements of the HITRUST CSF. Completing a HITRUST certification offers healthcare providers a tailored set of controls founded on the expertise and best practices of industry experts.
HITRUST Certifies CRI as HITRUST CSF Assessor
CRI’s experienced professionals have the industry expertise and certifications to guide you through a HITRUST assessment. CRI has been approved by HITRUST for performing assessment and services associated with the CSF Assurance Program and the HITRUST CSF, which incorporates the existing security requirements of healthcare organizations.
To feel more at ease when it comes to HIPAA compliance, contact a CRI HITRUST CSF Assessor and learn more about how to earn a HITRUST certification for your organization.