HITRUST Framework and HITRUST Compliance
Focused on the specific needs of the health services industry, the Health Information Trust Alliance (HITRUST) created the HITRUST CSF which established a common security framework incorporating a shared methodology to address HIPAA compliance. The goal was to create a cybersecurity framework that used a risk-based approach for keeping information systems and protected health information safe.
The HITRUST self-assessment process helps organizations formally document a baseline status for policies, processes, and controls. CSF focuses on an individual company’s organizational, system-level, and regulatory risk factors. The framework’s controls are based on past breach data in conjunction with HIPAA compliance standards. Although being CSF compliant does not equate to HIPAA compliance, it can help a company organize the necessary specific controls, most importantly access controls.
This unique positioning creates concerns that are specific to healthcare cybersecurity. CISOs and their limited staff need to document their information security stance to prove to CSF assessors that they have met the prescriptive requirements of HITRUST and HIPAA.
CSF integrates several standards allowing health information to be protected by multiple controls, but this can lead to gaps or inconsistencies. It is cumbersome to communicate this environment with the Directors. It may seem efficient—in terms of both time and finances—to use spreadsheets, but the need to communicate between many different stakeholders becomes costly in terms of time. This is when HITRUST compliance automation comes with a cost as well as a benefit.
Why manage HITRUST with ZenGRC?
HITRUST compliance is all about keeping the company’s internal house in order.
Because of constant changes in the regulatory and IT landscapes, handling a HITRUST audit correctly has become infinitely more important to customers managing their own compliance and that of their suppliers. For companies that have already traded publicly or are looking to go public, HITRUST compliance increases marketability and investor confidence. Without fast access to proofs of compliance and demonstrated risk management processes, it is more difficult to close big deals. Your company will lose to any competition that passes close inspection by customers.