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Rackspace Achieves HITRUST CSF Certification

Rackspace has announced that the company’s Dedicated hosting environment has achieved Health Information Trust (HITRUST) Alliance Common Security Framework (CSF) Certified status

The HITRUST CSF incorporates state and federal regulations, standards, and frameworks and uses a risk-based approach to help organizations identify and address risks to regulated data and is the most widely adopted security framework in the healthcare industry in the United States. The Certified status confirms that the Rackspace Dedicated environment meets Health Insurance Portability and Accountability (HIPAA) Act and Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act requirements for securing protected health information (PHI).

The certification confirms the policies, procedures, and practices governing offerings within the Rackspace Dedicated environment, including its Dedicated Servers, storage, databases, managed virtualization, and networking solutions, meet HIPAA/HITECH Act requirements, and through the Rackspace Dedicated environment, healthcare organizations can mitigate risks to the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of electronic protected health information (ePHI).

“The CSF Certification is now the benchmark that organizations require to safeguard PHI are measured against with regards to information protection,” said Ken Vander Wal, chief compliance officer, HITRUST. “We are pleased that Rackspace has taken the steps necessary to achieve HITRUST CSF Certified status, and we expect this designation to provide more confidence to its customers.”

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Through the use of the Rackspace Dedicated environment, healthcare organizations can cut the cost of developing a secure IT infrastructure that complies with federal and state regulations and standards and avoid the scrutiny of government regulators. Customers who use the Dedicated environment are also provided with access to Rackspace security and compliance experts and benefit from a 100% uptime SLA, infrastructure architecture design and management, and the company’s Fanatical Support.

“Rackspace has served the needs of more than 2,000 healthcare customers for years, and we’re now investing more heavily in this industry with the HITRUST CSF Certification on our dedicated solutions,” said Mark Roenigk, chief transformation officer at Rackspace. “As the healthcare industry is further pressured to digitize data and operations, Rackspace is well positioned to help these organizations meet stringent technical regulations.”

HITRUST CSF Certified status applies to all regions and for new and existing customers.

Author: Steve Alder is the editor-in-chief of HIPAA Journal. Steve is responsible for editorial policy regarding the topics covered on HIPAA Journal. He is a specialist on healthcare industry legal and regulatory affairs, and has several years of experience writing about HIPAA and other related legal topics. Steve has developed a deep understanding of regulatory issues surrounding the use of information technology in the healthcare industry and has written hundreds of articles on HIPAA-related topics.