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HITRUST announces cybersecurity center


By Maureen McKinney
Posted: April 25, 2012 - 1:30 pm ET
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The Health Information Trust Alliance, a Frisco, Texas-based organization focused on information security, has established a new center dedicated to cybersecurity within the healthcare industry.

The center, known as the HITRUST Cybersecurity Incident Response and Coordination Center, will collaborate with private and government organizations to boost education about cybersecurity concerns and provide alerts as threats emerge, according to a news release.

"The group will focus on cybersecurity threats and events targeted at healthcare organizations in areas including, but not limited to, networks, mobile devices, workstations, servers and medical devices," HITRUST said in the release. "This sharing of information is crucial for organizations' preparedness, protection and crisis management."

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Fourteen organizations, including HHS, and a number of insurance plans and health systems have agreed to work with the cybersecurity center, HITRUST said.

"As the healthcare industry continues its conversion process to full patient electronic medical records, it will most certainly become a more frequent target of cybersecurity attacks, and having such a system in place in the near future will be key to collaboratively responding to and preventing such attacks," Jorge DeCesare, chief data security administrator for 38-hospital Dignity Health, San Francisco, said in the release.


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