By Joseph Goedert

The Health Information Trust Alliance, an industry consortium, has unveiled its Common Security Framework for electronic health information.

The framework is an attempt to standardize health IT security practices. The framework includes a best-practices security implementation manual, a standards and regulations cross-reference matrix, and a readiness assessment toolkit, among other services.

A coalition of providers, payers, pharmaceutical and biotechnology firms, device manufacturers and other stakeholders has spent 18 months developing the framework.

Providers, for instance, can use it to determine how physicians can securely access patient data onsite and remotely. Software vendors can use the framework to design standardized security capabilities into their products.

The alliance also has launched HITRUST Central, an online community to enable the sharing of knowledge and tools. The cost of the initial version of the Common Security Framework and the online community starts at $1,875 for a five-user license and increases depending on an organization's size. More information is available at

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