Tampa General Hospital‘s (TGH) strict cybersecurity measures—which are aimed at protecting the hospital’s patients, team members, and partners—received a certification from data protection standards alliance HITRUST.

TGH received the HITRUST CSF Certification by Health Information Trust Alliance (HITRUST), which demonstrates that the organization’s electronic medical record systems and infrastructure to protect patient and provider information have met key regulations and industry-defined requirements and are appropriately managing risk.

Tampa General also has been recognized in the information technology arena as one of the Digital Health Most Wired recipients nine consecutive times by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME).

It took Tampa General three years to complete the hundreds of supporting requirements in 19 information technology control categories required to meet the rigorous standards of the certification. During this time, Security Compliance Associates performed a HITRUST Validated Assessment and related services to help facilitate the certification.

“The HITRUST CSF Assurance Program is the most rigorous available, consisting of a multitude of quality assurance checks, both automated and manual,” says Bimal Sheth, vice president of Assurance Services at HITRUST. “The fact that Tampa General Hospital has achieved HITRUST CSF Certification attests to the high quality of its information risk management and compliance program.”

By including federal and state regulations, standards, and frameworks, and incorporating a risk-based approach, the HITRUST CSF helps organizations address these challenges through a comprehensive and flexible framework of prescriptive and scalable security controls.

“Organizations like ours are under more pressure than ever to meet complex compliance and privacy requirements that include technical and process elements that are included in industry-established frameworks such as HIPAA,” says Peter Rucys, chief information security officer at Tampa General Hospital.