The Health Information Trust Alliance announced that the Common Security Framework, the first IT security framework developed specifically for healthcare information, is now available at no charge.
HITRUST is responding to the industry’s request for open access to HITRUST Central and the CSF, which will aid organizations in complying with HIPAA and the HITECH Act, supporting health information exchanges, and addressing third-party risk. These actions will ultimately result in increased adoption of the CSF and organizations being able to more broadly manage costs, reduce complexities and increase public trust in the protection of health information.
HITRUST is also launching the HITRUST Community Extension Program, a community adoption program centered around providing a local venue for healthcare information security professionals to network with peers, share experiences, and receive guidance on a multitude of information security topics.
The Community Extension Program will be rolled out in Boston, Central New Jersey, Dallas-Fort Worth, Nashville, New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Washington, DC. Additional cities will be added in the coming months. At least one session will occur monthly and will be broadcast live via the Internet to allow remote participation. A forum for each community will also be established in HITRUST Central to allow participants to collaborate with each other, facilitators and support staff between in-person sessions. Each session will be facilitated by a recognized healthcare information security leader, all of which are CSF Certified Practitioners. The program is supported by Accenture, Deloitte & Touche, VeriSign, Verizon Business and Cisco Systems. Participation is open and free of charge to any healthcare organization.
Current subscribers to HITRUST Central will continue with a Professional subscription, which provides online access to the CSF and Alternate Controls as well as online support and other resources not available through the new Standard subscription. The Standard subscription, available at no-charge, provides the CSF in a PDF format.