What is a HITRUST Certification?

Feb 1, 2022 | Data

The Health Information Trust Alliance, or better known as HITRUST, supports healthcare organizations to reach their information risk management and compliance objectives. More than 80% of US hospitals, 85% of US health insurers, and many other covered entities and business associates leverage the HITRUST approach today. In order to show our never ending commitment to data security, SmartBase Solutions has maintained its HITRUST certification for many years.

Paired with being HIPAA Compliant, we help our clients in the healthcare industry protect their sensitive information from cybersecurity threats. We are frequently asked what HITRUST is or why being certified matters. We put together this easy to understand guide to provide clarity on why it is important to us to be HITRUST certified.

What it means to be HITRUST Certified?

To achieve HITRUST Certification, companies like SmartBase Solutions undergo an extensive assessment. The assessment evaluates all processes and procedures, as well as the implementation of those processes and procedures and how they’re being managed and measured. The objective is to ensure that HITRUST standards are being met and that we are taking the proper steps to protect our customers’ sensitive data. A HITRUST Certification is valid for two years with an interim assessment in the year following certification in order to ensure all HITRUST standards continue to be met.

During each assessment, we evaluate our policies, systems design, and procedures to ensure we are still meeting all security and compliance requirements and regulations. We also make updates where required to ensure we continue to evolve along with the threat landscape. HITRUST covers many compliance standards, including aspects of HIPAA. The ultimate goal of obtaining the HITRUST Certification is to ensure we are doing everything we can to protect our customers’ data, strengthen our overall security, and reduce the likelihood and impact of data breaches.

Why is it important to be HITRUST Certified?

There are many reasons you want your managed hosting provider to be HITRUST Certified. Here are a few of the top reasons:

  1. HITRUST helps manage risk. We take data security seriously. Obtaining the HITRUST certification means that we know how to reduce the chances of a data breach and proves to our clients that we are dedicated to meeting their standards and protecting their data.
  2. The framework of HITRUST is updated frequently. With frequent updates to HITRUST, it is important for businesses like SmartBase Solutions to maintain our certification status. We receive reassurance that we remain in compliance with important regulations by upholding our certification.
  3. Many healthcare providers require HITRUST Certification for their compliance standards. With the constant change in technology, healthcare organizations as well as any businesses servicing the healthcare industry need a safe place to store and access their sensitive data.

SmartBase HITRUST Certified Managed Hosting

SmartBase Managed Hosting keeps your data safe in our secure private cloud. We are HITRUST Certified and HIPAA Compliant! We store all your data to give you an added layer of security and peace of mind. Give us a call at 612.767.9940 or contact us today to learn more about any of our solutions.

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