The Health Information Trust Alliance, an industry consortium working to improve the understanding of information security issues in health care, is spearheading efforts to develop health IT security certification programs.

Called HITRUST, the alliance last spring unveiled its Common Security Framework for electronic health information. The framework is an attempt to standardize health IT security best practices, standards and regulations in a single certifiable tool. The framework includes a best-practices security implementation manual, a cross-referenced standards and regulations matrix, and a readiness assessment toolkit.

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