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Compliance in healthcare: The HITRUST framework

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In our ever-expanding digital world, healthcare organizations have become increasingly dependent on technology to keep up with evolving consumer needs. Just one example is the heightened reliance on telehealth solutions prompted by the pandemic. This trend has changed the future of our healthcare infrastructure, requiring leaders to make new investments and consider all the risks of scaling mission-critical systems.

Of course, one of the biggest risks exacerbated by this increase in digital investment over the past few years is cyberattacks, specifically those focused on patient data. There have been more than 350 cyberattacks on healthcare organizations since June 2020, according to the CyberPeace Institute. Each attack exposed an average of 165,000 patient records and impacted the organization’s operations for nearly 20 days. The most common types of data exposed included patient names, addresses, social security numbers, patient health information and health insurance information.

With the rise in cyberattacks, healthcare leaders have explored various solutions to protect their institutions from digital disruption, including the Health Information Trust Alliance (HITRUST). HITRUST is an organization that created the HITRUST-Common Security Framework (CSF), which combines the rules of other existing industry frameworks, including HIPAA, NIST, ISO 27001 and more. HITRUST-CSF was created with the intent […]

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