Privacy Advisor

Health Information Trust Alliance

Privacy News

September 1, 2008

Health Information Trust Alliance
A group of nine healthcare companies interested in enhancing the privacy and security of electronic patient information above and beyond what the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) requires have created a consortium dedicated to delivering best practices on electronic medical records. Charter members of the Health Information Trust Alliance (HITRUST), including GE Healthcare, Highmark Inc., Pitney Bowes Inc., Cisco Systems Inc. and others, will deliver a Common Security Framework—a toolkit for protecting information and managing risks—early next year. A HITRUST survey revealed that 85 percent of health information technology executives want a uniform framework for dealing with sensitive information.