Health insurer WellPoint Inc. is encouraging business partners to receive certification or validation that they support the Common Security Framework of the Health Information Trust Alliance, an industry consortium known as HITRUST.

The framework comprises health information technology security best practices, standards and regulations. It includes a best-practices security implementation manual, a cross-referenced standards and regulations matrix, and a readiness assessment toolkit.

HITRUST offers Common Security Framework validation and certification programs, which use the same processes, tools and requirements but demonstrate different degrees of assurance.

Now, WellPoint will accept from business partners Common Security Framework validation or certification to verify capabilities for protecting health information.

More information is available at hitrustalliance.net.

--Joseph Goedert

 

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