Why Choose I.S. Partners as Your Authorized HITRUST Assessor?

The I.S. Partners firm is authorized by the HITRUST Alliance and we have a team of certified HITRUST assessors.

Approaching HITRUST can seem like a big challenge. But we make the process easy, providing expert guidance through preparation, assessments, and certification. Just like our motto says, we provide guidance and “audits without anxiety.”

With 15 years of experience working with organizations in various industries and risk-based frameworks, our HITRUST-certified practitioners are ready to help you.

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Data Protection Compliance – In Healthcare And Beyond

The HITRUST Alliance is an independent non-profit company that acts as a certification body for organizations handling sensitive data. HITRUST introduced the Common Security Framework (CSF) that standardizes standardize Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) compliance and coordinate it with other national and international data security frameworks and state regulations.

The HITRUST CSF, developed in collaboration with healthcare and security experts, is a certifiable, information security framework that provides organizations with an actionable roadmap tailored to the unique needs of the healthcare industry. This has become the most widely adopted security framework in the U.S. healthcare industry and has become the de facto standard for healthcare compliance.

The HITRUST CSF combines regulatory requirements and recognized frameworks from ISO, NIST, HIPAA/HITECH, PCI DSS and COBIT into one comprehensive guideline. Because of this, it is now being adopted to streamline security compliance in other industries, including financial services, retail, education, government, and transportation.

What Is The Benefit Of Getting HITRUST CSF Certified?

By providing a full range of valuable resources, the HITRUST Approach is a comprehensive information risk management and compliance program. It helps organizations continually improve security procedures and policies as they grow and evolve.

An organization that creates, accesses, stores, or exchanges Protected Health Information (PHI) can use its HITRUST certification to demonstrate that they meet the high standards of security prescribed within the CSF.

The CSF incorporates all major information security-related requirements and best practices, and provides scalable cybersecurity measures based on different risks and exposures. For this reason, HITRUST certification is valuable for enhancing the credibility of an organization, but also for reducing the time and expense related to verifying compliance with multiple regulatory standards. Additionally, many companies now accept a HITRUST certification as evidence of compliance, thus relieving them of the obligation to audit their vendors.

Need to further your understanding on HITRUST? Utilize our HITRUST CSF Assessment Glossary before getting started!

What Is The HITRUST CSF Assessment & Certification Process Like?

I.S. Partners, LLC performs HITRUST readiness, certification, and remediation services for organizations and their business associates. This serves to assess compliance with industry security requirements and standards and develop solutions that help organizations align with the HITRUST security framework. 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.

Steps To Getting HITRUST CSF Certified

We understand that achieving HITRUST certification can seem overwhelming. We suggest starting this new endeavor by speaking to HITRUST assessment specialist to better understand the benefits, and process, of becoming HITRUST CSF certified. Below are the recommended first steps towards certification.

Assessment Preparation

In preparation, your organization must first put together the project management structure and identify the key roles involved. Then, your team can define the scope, goals and timeline, collect the required documentation, and run system tests. Consulting with a certified HITRUST certified CSF practitioner helps set up the entire process for success.

Time to complete: Up to 2 months

Goal:

  • Identify the key stakeholders
  • Define the scope
  • Select an authorized external assessor organization

Summary:
During the Readiness phase, reliable HITRUST certified practicioners, like those at I.S. Partners, will test security controls and compare the existing policies and procedures to HITRUST requirements and controls.

HITRUST Certification Program Details

The HITRUST programs include:

  • Establishment of the HITRUST common risk and compliance management framework.
  • Development of an assessment and assurance methodology.
  • Educational and career development.
  • Advocacy and awareness.
  • A federally recognized Information Sharing and Analysis Organization (ISAO) and other supporting programs and initiatives.

HITRUST Risk Management Framework And Third-Party Assurance

The HITRUST Third-Party Assurance Program supports the relationship between covered entities and their business associates. It facilitates risk management by providing a consolidated information security framework and guide to industry best practices. With a single assessment process, third-party business associates can verify compliance across multiple regulatory standards, saving both time and effort.

How The HITRUST RightStart Program Helps New Businesses

The HITRUST RightStart Program now provides clear guidance for new companies and startups seeking certification. This program was designed specifically to help new organizations to navigate the certification process, implement effective risk management strategies, security measures, and information privacy policies. It is comprehensive and an efficient way to verify compliance while earning the trust of industry partners and new customers.

Authorized HITRUST CSF Assessors Guiding You To Success

What makes I.S. Partners, LLC different from other firms is our systematic risk methodology combined with our use of the latest technology and specialized experience. Our activities are supported by a strong background in healthcare and insurance and our team includes healthcare security professionals. These factors provide a clear competitive advantage in understanding compliance requirements and ensuring an effective and efficient healthcare audit.

I.S. Partners, LLC. can assist you from the very beginning.

SCHEDULE A CONSULTATION WITH ONE OF OUR CERTIFIED HITRUST PRACTICIONERS TO DISCUSS OUR HITRUST CSF SERVICES.

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