HIE Security Guidelines in the Works

Comments on HITRUST's HIE Proposals Due Oct. 31
HIE Security Guidelines in the Works
The Health Information Trust Alliance is seeking feedback on proposed information security guidelines for health information exchanges.

HITRUST offers the Common Security Framework, a free guide to implementing security controls to comply with various regulations. It's proposing to add HIE-related details to the framework as well as create a security assurance program for HIEs, offering compliance assessments.

HITRUST is seeking feedback by Oct. 31 on the proposals developed by its HIE Working Group. "The objective is to provide leading guidance to the industry on acceptable controls to manage the confidentiality, integrity and availability of protected health information with HIEs and connecting organizations," according to HITRUST. For example, the working group proposes guidelines for access controls.

HITRUST hopes to "provide relevant guidance to the HIE community to ensure information security is a core pillar of HIE and connecting organization operations, and that it is adopted through a common approach."

About the Author

Howard Anderson

Howard Anderson

News Editor, ISMG

Anderson is news editor of Information Security Media Group and was founding editor of HealthcareInfoSecurity and DataBreachToday. He has more than 40 years of journalism experience, with a focus on healthcare information technology issues. Before launching HealthcareInfoSecurity, he served as founding editor of Health Data Management magazine, where he worked for 17 years, and he served in leadership roles at several other healthcare magazines and newspapers.

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