Texas has become the first state to offer a “certification for compliance” with federal and state laws in hopes of bolstering patient privacy.
The Texas Health Services Authority (THSA) and the Health Information Trust Alliance (HITRUST) have announced a partnership to improve the protection of health information for Texas residents.
Working together, the two organizations will develop and implement the truly groundbreaking Texas Covered Entity Privacy and Security Certification Program.
HITRUST was awarded an exclusive contract to provide certification recommendation and related services to the THSA.
“For this program to be successful, it must provide the appropriate level of assurance and verification while still being practical and implementable,” says Texas Health Services Authority CEO Tony Gilman.
According to a statement form HITRUST, the program’s impact will likely be felt far beyond the state of Texas because Texas certification requires compliance with the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules, which means that organizations must implement reasonable safeguards appropriate to their organization to ensure sensitive health information is adequately protected.