At least seven healthcare insurers and vendors are requiring their business associates to successfully conduct a comprehensive assessment of their information technology privacy and security status and obtain a certification of completion within the next two years.

The insurers and vendors are members of industry security consortium HITRUST, which among other initiatives offers the CSF Assurance Program, a standardized process for assessing and certifying compliance with internal processes, HIPAA, HITECH, credit-debit card processing, and state rules and regulations. CSF stands for Common Security Framework, a platform that supports numerous HITRUST programs.

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