April 21, 2014 – Optum joins the list certified CSF Assessors that have been approved by HITRUST to perform comprehensive security assessments and services associated with the Common Security Framework (CSF) Assurance Program established by the Health Information Trust Alliance (HITRUST). HITRUST is committed to providing the healthcare industry with a risk management framework and compliance roadmap for organizations to achieve independent certification.

A leading authority on the protection of health information, HITRUST in collaboration with healthcare, business, technology and security leaders has developed the Common Security Framework (CSF) – a certifiable information security framework that consolidates the requirements of existing standards and regulations, including federal (HIPAA, HITECH), third party (PCI) and government (NIST, FTC) guidelines.

“With the rapid rise in compliance risks including data breaches, theft of patient health data and the constantly changing and complex regulatory requirements, an organization like HITRUST plays a key role in ensuring healthcare organizations are able to keep up with the high standards of healthcare security, privacy and compliance,” comments BM Chittaranjan, Senior Vice President, at Optum.

As a certified HITRUST CSF Assessor, Optum has demonstrated strong information security practice and leadership to help healthcare organizations including providers, payers and life sciences organizations to meet standards and comply with regulatory and industry requirements. Using the Common Security Framework (CSF) and with its automated, robust solution, Optum Compliance Suite, Optum is well positioned to help organizations that create, access, store or exchange personal health and financial information develop sound risk and compliance management practices.

For more information on Optum Compliance Suite visit www.optum.com/compliancesuite. Or, for more information on HITRUST visit www.HITRUSTalliance.net.