The American College of Radiology (ACR) announces that the ACRedit Plus and the National Radiology Data Registry (NRDR) have earned certified status by HITRUST for information security. 

HITRUST’s risk-based, two-year (r2) certification demonstrates that the college’s ACRedit Plus and the NRDR have met demanding regulatory compliance and industry-defined requirements and are appropriately managing risk. By including federal and state regulations, standards, and frameworks, and incorporating a risk-based approach, the HITRUST Assurance Program helps organizations address security and data protection challenges through a comprehensive and flexible framework of prescriptive and scalable security controls.

“The ACR is the nation’s oldest and most widely recognized medical imaging accrediting body and a pioneer in the radiology data registry field,” says William T. Thorwarth Jr., MD, FACR, CEO of the ACR. “Achieving the HITRUST certification for our ACRedit Plus and NRDR systems is the latest demonstration of our ongoing commitment to strong cybersecurity and privacy controls to protect sensitive data as we empower facilities and physicians to provide ever-higher quality care.”

Since 1987, ACR has accredited more than 39,000 facilities and more than 60,000 units in eight imaging modalities, three designation programs and one Center of Excellence program. ACR accreditation is recognized as the gold standard in medical imaging.

“HITRUST Certification is globally recognized as validation that information security and privacy controls are effective and compliant with various regulations. HITRUST Certification is considered the gold standard because of the comprehensiveness and applicability of the control requirements, depth of the assurance process, and level of oversight that ensures accuracy,” says Jeremy Huval, chief innovation officer, HITRUST. 

Huval adds, “Individually, each element exceeds most other programs, and collectively they make HITRUST Certification the most comprehensive, transparent, consistent, and highest quality assessment available.”