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Data Security: Growing healthcare businesses with HITRUST

Supreeth Rao

Healthcare organizations’ customers are aware and concerned about the ever-growing threat to their data security. They understand the importance of working with organizations that are educated on these threats and have taken the necessary steps to make sure they are protected according to the highest standards in the industry. HITRUST Certification demonstrates that an organization is a leader in security, privacy, and compliance because they have the certification to back it up. This credibility and status in the healthcare industry set an organization apart. 

The HITRUST Cyber Security Framework (CSF) was developed to address the multitude of security, privacy, and regulatory challenges facing healthcare organizations through a comprehensive and flexible framework of prescriptive and scalable security controls. The CSF includes federal and state regulations, standards, and frameworks, and incorporates a risk-based approach that provides specific criteria to assess the protection of confidentiality, integrity, and availability of information systems — all particularly relevant to healthcare.

HITRUST CSF has gradually become the ‘gold standard’ of healthcare data security. Healthcare payers, and an increasing number of health systems and hospitals, are requiring their business associates to become HITRUST certified because the certification demonstrates that the organization has made a dedicated commitment to maintaining the greatest level of protection for their customer’s healthcare data.

Data protection, governance, and risk mitigation are essential to getting HITRUST Certifications. With the critical data in many organizations now on the Cloud infrastructure, the necessity of using cloud data protection platforms for HITRUST certification has emerged. To achieve this level of protection for healthcare data stored in Cloud stores and warehouses, enterprises need - 

  • Complete visibility of inventory of data stores/tables, access to such data assets, and relationships to build the context for data protection. 
  • Automatically classify data to identify PII and PHI data that needs to be protected. Ensure security controls can flow along with data transformations. If data is dumped out from a database to an object store, is it still protected the same way as it was in the database? 
  • Track where sensitive data resides, flag data flows and access patterns, and continuously monitor access activity
  • Get a prioritized list of data security risks along with expert remediation guidance. Prioritized based on how valuable the data is to the business. 

Theom delivers on HITRUST needs for healthcare customers. The customers are telling us that Theom is fulfilling their certification requirements and empowering them to grow their business with confidence. To learn more about Theom, check out this short video.