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December 20, 2012

HITRUST Updates 2013 CSF and CSF Assurance Program

By Mandira Srivastava, TMCnet Contributor

The entire healthcare industry is under pressure to improve quality, decrease complexity and increase efficiency. The healthcare organizations need to protect their electronic information assets and develop trust for the proper flow of information within the healthcare system.

Recently, the Health Information Trust Alliance (HITRUST) announced that it is continuing to update the HITRUST Common Security Framework (CSF), the most widely-adopted security framework in the U.S. healthcare industry.

The HITRUST Common Security Framework (CSF) ensures the framework remains relevant and practical for those organizations that rely upon it to manage their information protection programs.

Additionally, HITRUST is announcing significant enhancements to the CSF assessment tool, which will enable healthcare organizations to more easily, perform and manage CSF assessments, track overall compliance with greater scalability and efficiency, and receive improved information security benchmarking data. 

Daniel Nutkis, chief executive officer, HITRUST said in a statement, “HITRUST offers comprehensiveness, scalability and simplicity within a single framework - built for healthcare - that is now supported by a full-featured and user-friendly tool that streamlines the CSF assessment and compliance process. This improved approach will allow organizations of all types and sizes to streamline the assessment process and track their remediation progress, with the support of a community of experienced and skilled professionals that include HITRUST CSF Assessors and Certified CSF Practitioners.”

HITRUST offers the most efficient approach to regulatory compliance and risk management around privacy and security.

"HITRUST worked with RSAM, a leading provider of Governance, Risk, and Compliance (GRC) software solutions, to enhance RSAM's existing offering to deliver a solution that is the foundation for the HITRUST MyCSF solution," said Nutkis. "We are pleased to offer the healthcare industry a solution that provides more consistent and accurate results for organizations committed to advancing the state of information protection.”

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