Published on: January 8, 2015
By: Angelique Carson, CIPP/US

While healthcare privacy laws aim to protect patients, healthcare industry experts will tell you they sometimes can get in the way of doing what healthcare professionals exist to do: treat patients, ease suffering, save lives. Given that reality, an updated framework aims to alleviate some of the difficulties inherent in compliance with various healthcare privacy and security laws, and experts hope that means good news for patients, too.

The Health Information Trust Alliance (HITRUST) has today announced the addition of privacy controls to its HITRUST Common Security Framework (CSF), which will be released later this month. The addition aims to create an integrated privacy and security framework that meets the regulatory requirements of the U.S. healthcare industry, namely the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), according to a press release announcing the new controls.

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