HITRUST creates framework for de-identification of data

The Health Information Trust Alliance has created a new framework based around de-identification of sensitive patient information, it announced this week.

The framework provides guidance on use of de-identification in a simplified and streamlined way through standards and controls that also adhere to HIPAA's privacy rules, as well as HITRUST CSF. A draft of the new framework will be released and open for comment on March 24.

"HITRUST believes clearer guidelines in the form of standards for the uses of de-identified data and managing associated risks are needed," HITRUST CEO Daniel Nutkis says in the announcement. "Since the de-identification process needs to take into consideration the environmental safeguards in place housing the de-identified data, the HITRUST CSF was the logical vehicle to align it with." Announcement

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