New HITRUST Working Group Aims To Improve Health IT Security

January 16, 2015 in News

On Thursday, the Healthcare Information Trust Alliance announced that it has created a new working group aimed at improving health IT security, FierceHealthIT reports (Dvorak, FierceHealthIT, 1/15).

Group Details

The Health Information Technology and Medical Device Integrity and Security Program was formed to respond to the lack of industry-wide standards for sharing vulnerabilities and best practices with other organizations, according to Health IT Security (Reardon, Health IT Security, 1/15). The group aims to avoid, report and mitigate vulnerabilities in the health care industry (HITRUST release, 1/15).

Members will include:

  • Health IT vendors;
  • Health IT users; and
  • Medical device makers.

To improve health IT security, the group will collaborate with industry stakeholders to:

  • Address concerns regarding health IT systems security and reliability;
  • Boost awareness of users’ role;
  • Create a framework to prevent and report vulnerabilities;
  • Enhance communication; and
  • Increase public trust in the industry (FierceHealthIT, 1/15).

HITRUST put together a steering committee to organize and manage the group. The committee will create an outline of goals and deadlines for the new group to meet. The members of the committee include:

  • Carl Dvorak, president of Epic Systems;
  • David Muntz, senior vice president and CIO at GetWellNetwork;
  • Daniel Nutkis, CEO of the HITRUST Alliance;
  • Karl Stubelis, vice president of athenahealth;
  • Michael Wilson, vice president and CISO at McKesson; and
  • Tony Gilman, CEO of Texas Health Services Authority (Health IT Security, 1/15).

Nutkis said the program will provide short-term and long-term benefits, “from better requirements and guidance to timely and consistent vulnerability reporting and disclosure” (FierceHealthIT, 1/15).

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