What is HITRUST CSF?
Founded in 2007, HITRUST was born out of the belief that information protection should be a core pillar of, rather than an obstacle to, the broad adoption of health information systems and exchanges. HITRUST – in collaboration with public and private healthcare technology, privacy and information security leaders – has championed programs instrumental in safeguarding health information systems and exchanges while ensuring consumer confidence in their use.
What Are The Advantages to Becoming A HITRUST Certified Company?
An organization that creates, accesses, stores or exchanges Protected Health Information (“PHI”) can use its HITRUST CSF Certification to demonstrate that they meet the high standards of security prescribed within the HITRUST CSF. Many companies now accept a HITRUST Certification as evidence of compliance, thus relieving them of the obligation to audit their vendors. Companies such as Highmark, Humana, United Health Group, HCSC, and Anthem now require their vendors to undergo a HITRUST CSF assessment. The HITRUST CSF incorporates all major information security-related requirements and best practices and provides scalable cybersecurity measures based on different risks and exposures.
What Is The HITRUST CSF Certification Process Like?
I.S. Partners, LLC will perform a HITRUST CSF readiness, certification, and remediation services for healthcare organizations and their business associates to assess compliance with industry security requirements and standards, and create solutions that help organizations align with the HITRUST CSF. If your company requires both a HITRUST CSF Certification and a SOC 2 report, I.S. Partners can leverage the efficiencies between both sets of requirements, thus lowering the time and expense of effective risk management.
HITRUST CSF Certification Program Details
HITRUST programs include:
- The establishment of the HITRUST CSF, a common risk and compliance management framework.
- An assessment and assurance methodology.
- Educational and career development.
- Advocacy and awareness.
- A federally recognized cyber Information Sharing and Analysis Organization (ISAO) and other supporting programs and initiatives.
Over 84 percent of hospitals and health plans, as well as many other healthcare organizations and business associates, use the HITRUST CSF, making it the most widely adopted privacy and security framework in the industry.
Steps to Getting HITRUST CSF CertifiedWe understand that achieving HITRUST CSF certification can be confusing. In order to help you better understand what HITRUST CSF is, we recommend speaking to HITRUST CSF specialist so that you understand the benefits, and process, of becoming HITRUST CSF certified. Below are our recommended steps for taking the first steps towards your organizations HITRUST CSF certification.
Self AssessmentIt all begins with a self-assessment. I.S. Partners can guide you and provide assistance throughout the self-assessment process.
Validation AssessmentThe HITRUST Validated Assessment is the onsite assessment performed by the qualified accessors of I.S. Partners. We will work with you in order to help you obtain HITRUST certification.
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