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15 leading initiatives working to boost HIT security
Healthcare organizations are trying to stiffen defenses to protect sensitive patient information from an increasing number of cyberattacks. A variety of organizations and associations can provide valuable support and information resources to security professionals. In this list, Health Data Management has compiled some of the leading organizations that address information security, defense approaches, and patient privacy information and protection.
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The Association for Executives in Healthcare Information Security
https://aehis.org/

The association represents health information technology professionals. It was formed in 2014 under the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, which is the association for CIOs and other senior health IT leaders.
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Cloud Security Alliance
https://cloudsecurityalliance.org/

The Cloud Security Alliance is the world’s leading organization dedicated to defining and raising awareness of best practices to help ensure a secure cloud computing environment.
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DirectTrust
https://www.directtrust.org/

DirectTrust offers secure, interoperable health information exchange via the Direct message protocols, serving 106,000 organizations with nearly 1.6 million Direct addresses/accounts.
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Electronic Frontier Foundation
https://www.eff.org/

EFF defends civil liberties in the digital world as the use of technology grows. The organization has helped clear the way for open source software, encryption, file sharing tools and security research.
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Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission
https://www.ehnac.org/

The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission accredits a range of industry stakeholders for meeting best business practices that include privacy and security protections.
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Health Privacy Center for Democracy and Technology
https://cdt.org

The center supports laws, corporate policies and technology tools that protect the privacy of Internet users across sectors and the political spectrum.
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HIMSS Privacy & Security Library
http://www.himss.org/library/healthcare-privacy-security/toolkit

The library offers information on tools, regulatory issues, case studies, best practices and executive information such as C-suite considerations.
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HITRUST
https://hitrustalliance.net/

HITRUST is a coalition of industry stakeholders collaborating to better secure protected health information, including the sharing of cyber threat data among organizations. HITRUST also offers educational services.
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Hyperledger Blockchain Developer Community
https://developer.ibm.com/blockchain/

The community includes courses, blogs, tutorials, sample code and other tools to start developing with open source Hyperledger and IBM Blockchain.
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IEEE’s SA healthcare IT projects
https://standards.ieee.org/

IEEE is a consensus-building organization that nurtures, develops and advances global technologies. Its standards cover functionality, capabilities and interoperability across many industries, including healthcare.
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Information Systems Security Association
http://www.issa.org/

ISSA represents cybersecurity professional serving in industries across the globe including healthcare. These professionals focus on managing technology risks and protecting critical infrastructure.
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International Association for Healthcare Security and Safety
http://www.iahss.org/

The association represents professionals managing and directing security and safety programs in healthcare facilities.
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International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium
https://www.isc2.org/

ISC is an international association for information security leaders with 130,000 members who are involved in every aspect of information security.
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National Association of ISACs
https://www.nationalisacs.org/

ISACs support the sharing of cyber threat data and other intelligence between organizations in specific industries such as healthcare and across industries to help each member better understand their current threat environment and how it may be changing.
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Ponemon Institute
https://www.ponemon.org/

The Ponemon Institute is an independent research firm focusing on privacy, data protection and information security policy. The institute informs organizations on how to improve their protection of data and enhance their brand and reputation.