A new industry collaboration intends to create a central resource center to share information on cybersecurity threats, alerts and incidents, and make cyber threat information available to stakeholders.

Initial participants include the Health Information Trust Alliance, known as HITRUST, the federal Department of Health and Human Services, and 14 provider or payer organizations. Five of the organizations at this time have given permission to be identified: insurers Humana, UnitedHealthcare and WellPoint, and providers Baylor Health Care System and Dignity Health (formerly Catholic Healthcare West).

The goal of the initiative, called the HITRUST Cybersecurity Incident Response and Coordination Center, is to facilitate early identification of cyber attacks, coordinate response activities, and create and disseminate best practices. More information on the initiative will be available in coming weeks at hitrustalliance.net.

HITRUST is an industry consortium best known for developing the Common Security Framework, which comprises health information security technology best practices, standards and regulations. Health care organizations and vendors can be certified as complying with the framework.

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