HIPAA to HITRUST and Cybersecurity for Healthcare

The healthcare industry has numerous standards and regulations to protect sensitive data. Organizations that qualify as covered entities (healthcare providers, health plans, and healthcare clearinghouses) are subject to HIPAA regulations, including the Security Rule, Privacy Rule, and Breach Notification Rule. A person or entity that performs certain functions or activities that involve the use or disclosure of protected health information on behalf of or provides services to a covered entity also must comply with HIPAA regulations.

While not a substitute for meeting HIPAA requirements, HITRUST certification has become another important standard for healthcare organizations to validate that certain security controls have been implemented and are operating effectively.

Understanding these standards and regulations and taking the appropriate steps to address them requires expertise and tools that many smaller organizations do not possess.

In partnership with our parent company Clearwater, a recognized healthcare industry leader in HIPAA compliance, we help organizations navigate what’s right for them, achieving enhanced security and compliance within their budgets.

HIPAA Security Foundation for Providers

TECH LOCK is an accredited third-party HITRUST CSF-certified assessor organization. We can assist providers and business associates in many ways – from a pre-assessment to prepare for HITRUST, our managed security services to augment and address gaps, and an easy way to elevate security maturity for threat detection and response. 

TECH LOCK understands the juggling act that the healthcare industry must perform, and we provide adaptive security services designed to meet the needs of your organization.


HIPAA-compliant entities must continually fulfill the following:


  • Confidentiality of data or information, and that it is not made available or disclosed to unauthorized persons or processes.
  • Integrity for data or information, ensuring it is not altered or destroyed in an unauthorized manner.
  • Availability of the data or information, making it accessible and useable upon demand by authorized persons.

HIPAA Security Assessments and Recommendations 

Healthcare organizations are required to perform a periodic evaluation of their compliance with the HIPAA Security Final Rule. We help you streamline HIPAA, review security assessment results, and give clear guidelines for improving the safeguards for your organization.

Strengthen Clinic and Hospital Cybersecurity on a Budget

Close resource coverage gaps and upgrade to enhanced security technology without additional hiring or purchasing technology. Managed security services provide 24/7 skilled security analysts and incident response at a cost-effective price for your organization.

Integrate Multiple Types of Compliance Assessments

Covered entities have multiple standards they need to address. Save time and money with bundled assessments.

  • SOC1 or SOC 2
  • ISO 27002
  • CMMC/NIST 800-171
  • NIST 800-53

HITRUST Certification


HITRUST was developed in collaboration with the healthcare and information security industry. The HITRUST Common Security Framework (CSF) streamlines the myriad of healthcare and security regulations/standards into one holistic security framework. As HITRUST is both risk and compliance-oriented, organizations have the ability to customize the framework on organization type, size, systems, and regulatory requirements. HITRUST does not replace HIPAA, but it can provide measurable criteria and objectives for applying appropriate administrative, technical, and physical safeguards.

HITRUST Assurance Program Consulting

Security risk management is an ongoing challenge, and as HITRUST CSF standards continuously update, it can overwhelm existing limited resources. We help you understand how these updates may affect your business and guide how to streamline your security efforts. HITRUST certified assessors perform interviews and examine your organization’s environment and flow of data between in-scope systems. They identify control gaps and provide recommendations for remediation. If your company needs policies and procedures created, we can design and document those appropriately. We can also assist in documenting non-technical controls such as Risk Assessment, Incident Response, Disaster Recovery, and more.

HITRUST Basic, Current-state (bC) Assessment

Our expertise in understanding the requirements and insight into the unique scoring of the standard will save you time and optimize your assessment outcome. Completing a self-assessment will help customers new to the HITRUST framework understand how close they are to meeting full certification when going forward with a CSF validation assessment with a HITRUST-approved assessor.

HITRUST Implemented, 1-Year (i1) Validated Assessment

Designed for healthcare-covered entities and business associates that need moderate assurance, this 1-year certification focuses on a list of controls designated and updated yearly by HITRUST. Implemented maturity is tested by these controls. Our assessors will review, validate and submit the assessment to HITRUST for approval.

HITRUST Risk-Based, 2-Year (r2) Validated Assessment

Assessments performed against HITRUST CSF look at the various in-scope controls and their maturity scores for Policy, Procedure, Implemented, Measured, and Managed categories. Validated assessments can lead to HITRUST certifications based on achieving an appropriate overall assessment score. It is recommended that new clients do a self-assessment first to understand their score baseline. Our assessors have IT and security backgrounds and make sure clients understand the findings, taking time to help them understand all aspects of the assessment and provide helpful recommendations in areas where scores can be improved.

HITRUST Interim Assessment

As required by HITRUST for all validated assessments, an interim assessment must be completed before one year following certification. The interim assessment determines if the controls in place are still effective as well as evaluates progress against any Corrective Action Plans that were created during the initial validation process.


“Because the HITRUST CSF Validated Assessment is both risk- and compliance-based, organizations of varying risk profiles can customize the security and privacy control baselines through a variety of factors including organization type, size, systems, and regulatory requirements.” 


Our team of experts has extensive experience helping clients comply with healthcare security standards and information security. Our HITRUST assessor’s recommendations are transparent and actionable because we know the complexity of day-to-day IT and security operations. We’ll never deliver a standard auditor guide or playbook response because we make sure you fully understand and can execute against your personalized recommendations. HIPAA to HITRUST and any needs in between, we can support your healthcare organization.

As healthcare systems continue to be targets and critical for patient care, HHS urges HIPAA-regulated entities to take steps to strengthen their cybersecurity posture in 2022 in light of the increase in cyberattacks on the healthcare industry.

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