March 31, 2016 – Frisco, TX: HITRUST announced today the formation of the HITRUST Business Associate Council (BA Council), with the mission to give healthcare business associates a voice and drive efficiencies and effectiveness in third-party information security assurance.HITRUST also named the 17 founding members, representing a diverse cross-section of technology vendors supporting the healthcare and public health sector as well as security, risk, compliance and audit executives.
The BA Council was created to ensure the healthcare industry is effectively collaborating with the vendors supporting the healthcare industry.
The BA Council provides a forum to ensure business associates and vendors are able to provide input, influence, and directly engage with HITRUST and healthcare organizations relating to the HITRUST Third Party Assurance program.
Through interaction with the BA Council, HITRUST will work to ensure that the Third Party Assurance and other programs are considering and accommodating business associate and vendor perspectives and objectives.
“The HITRUST Third Party Assurance Program has enabled industry organizations to agree on an appropriate set of requirements to achieve greater efficiencies and reduce costs to the business associates,” said Erick Rudiak, Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer, Express Scripts.
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HITRUST – in collaboration with public and private healthcare technology, privacy and information security leaders – has championed programs instrumental in safeguarding health information systems and exchanges while ensuring consumer confidence in their use.
HITRUST programs include the establishment of a common risk and compliance management framework (CSF); an assessment and assurance methodology; educational and career development; advocacy and awareness; and a federally recognized cyber Information Sharing and Analysis Organization (ISAO) and supporting initiatives.
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“These objectives are in line with what we do every day at Express Scripts to drive out waste from healthcare, control client costs, and improve care.” “The HITRUST Third Party Assurance program holds great potential to drive greater efficiencies in how our customers verify our information protection posture,” said Scott Pettigrew, Vice President and Chief Security Officer, HMS.