HITRUST Framework to Address Privacy

Compliance Guide Is Expanding in Scope
HITRUST Framework to Address Privacy
The Health Information Trust Alliance plans to enhance its Common Security Framework, a free regulatory compliance guide, by December 2012 to address privacy issues as well.

"HITRUST has always recognized that security and privacy are highly integrated and that the healthcare industry would benefit ... from a single security and privacy framework," says Daniel Nutkis, HITRUST's CEO. The enhanced framework will provide guidance on complying with the HIPAA privacy and security rules and help organizations meet requirements for the HITECH Act electronic health record incentive program, he adds.

Meanwhile, version 4.0 of the security framework, due at the end of this year, will include more prescriptive guidance on risk assessment methods. This version also will address new issues, including health information exchange, cloud computing and mobile devices.


About the Author

Howard Anderson

Howard Anderson

News Editor, ISMG

Anderson is news editor of Information Security Media Group and was founding editor of HealthcareInfoSecurity and DataBreachToday. He has more than 40 years of journalism experience, with a focus on healthcare information technology issues. Before launching HealthcareInfoSecurity, he served as founding editor of Health Data Management magazine, where he worked for 17 years, and he served in leadership roles at several other healthcare magazines and newspapers.




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