HealtheConnections Seeks Gold Standard of Data Security Certification

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Certified Assessor BluePrint Healthcare IT to Support HITRUST CSF Certification Process

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Cyber threats and organized targeting of healthcare data are on the rise and the HITRUST CSF has become the “gold standard” for measuring and certifying security management programs.

HealtheConnections and BluePrint Healthcare IT (BluePrint) jointly announced they are partnering to achieve HITRUST (Health Information Trust Alliance) Certification for HealtheConnections in accordance with the HITRUST Common Security Framework (CSF).

HealtheConnections operates one of the state’s eight regional health information exchanges (HIE), working with healthcare organizations throughout eleven counties in Central and Northern New York. As a HealtheConnections participant, authorized healthcare professionals are able to access critical patient medical records and resources securely and at no cost. HealtheConnections’ resources are enabling Central New York medical providers to achieve meaningful use and technology adoption, along with empowering the overall healthcare community to improve patient care through the use of health information exchange, community health data, and best practices.

“We take pride in continuous growth and development of new, innovative technologies to better support our participants,” said Rob Hack, President and CEO of HealtheConnections. “The HITRUST Certification is another layer of assurance that the information our healthcare professionals rely on is as secure as possible. It clearly demonstrates to all our stakeholders – the New York State Department of Health, all healthcare organizations in Central and Northern New York, and the 1.5 million patients we serve – that our security program is reliable.”

Currently HealtheConnections aggregates information from over 200 data sources, including valuable partnerships with the Veterans Administration, Department of Defense, and many medical organizations throughout the state of New York and beyond—as healthcare information technologies continue to develop, that number will only grow. Security is one of their top priorities.

Vikas Khosla, President and CEO of BluePrint Healthcare IT, highlights the growing trend, “Cyber threats and organized targeting of healthcare data are on the rise and the HITRUST CSF has become the “gold standard” for measuring and certifying security management programs. Because of the unique and paramount role that HealtheConnections plays in value-based, shared care, it’s prudent to adopt a scalable security framework that addresses the most widely trusted standards in cybersecurity.”

“We believed back then, as we do to this day, that a framework was needed in healthcare to establish a solid and clear foundation for a security management program,” said Khosla. With a sole focus on the security programs of healthcare organizations, BluePrint provides practical, real-world, implementable solutions for the expanding number of HIEs, Business Associates and Health Systems pursuing HITRUST certification.

HealtheConnections expects to pass the rigorous HITRUST Certification in 2018.

About HealtheConnections
HealtheConnections (pronounced "healthy connections") delivers trusted and valued services, which support health care transformation and efficiency initiatives focused on achieving the triple aim of better care, better population health and lower health care costs. HealtheConnections provides health information exchange (HIE) services* and population health improvement support services for the 11 counties of the Central New York region. The name “HealtheConnections” represents our commitment to engage and collaborate with health care physicians, hospitals, public health, mental and behavior health and human services, and other health care providing entities, insurers, businesses and consumers to deliver regionally valued services and initiatives that support New York state’s health information exchange and population health improvement agendas.

*HealtheConnections is accredited by the NYS Department of Health as a qualified participant of the
State Health Information Network of New York (SHIN-NY).

About BluePrint Healthcare IT
BluePrint Healthcare IT (“BluePrint”) has been a leader in healthcare privacy and security for over a decade. BluePrint was one of the first organizations to publish a comprehensive roadmap for hospitals and health systems to comply with the HIPAA Security rule in 2005. Since that time, BluePrint has worked as a trusted partner with dozens of healthcare systems, medical centers, physician networks, business associates and hospital associations to help protect their healthcare data.

As the longest-tenured, exclusively healthcare-focused HITRUST Assessor, BluePrint is a leading proponent of a common security standard for the industry. In addition, BluePrint is active in the HITRUST community and brings the HITRUST Common Security Framework in to all of its engagements.

For more information about BluePrint visit http://www.blueprinthit.com or contact us at info(at)blueprinthit.com. Follow us on LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/company/blueprint-healthcare-it) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/BluePrintHIT).

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