What is HITRUST CSF?
HITRUST CSF is the Health Information Trust Alliance Common Security Framework. It is a certifiable framework specifically designed to help healthcare organizations structure a consolidated approach to information security.
Because the industry is so saturated with complex standards and regulations, including HIPAA, achieving consistent, effective compliance can be a difficult feat to achieve without simultaneously detracting from overall performance. HITRUST CSF, now the most commonly used healthcare framework (in the U.S.), unravels these crisscrossing requirements and boils them down to one overarching framework.
Much as the Unified Compliance Framework (UCF) is designed to harmonize different regulations and standards and therefore “reduce” the total number of requirements an organization must directly address, the HITRUST CSF reduces resource expenditures without sacrificing compliance effectiveness.
That being said, HITRUST’s framework is about more than making compliance as simple and nonintrusive as possible. It also improves the effectiveness of an organization’s overall compliance program. By streamlining the process, organizations can more easily ensure all their basis are covered in the long term.