Neutral Partners is your premier information security readiness consulting firm, specializing in helping organizations align with internationally recognized standards and regulations, such as France’s Health Data Hosting (HDS) certification. Our team of experts is dedicated to providing unparalleled support, ensuring your organization achieves and maintains a robust privacy posture in compliance with HDS requirements.

What is HDS?

The Health Data Hosting (HDS) certification is a French standard for hosting providers that manage personal health data. Introduced by the French National Agency for Health Information System Security (ASIP Santé), the HDS certification aims to ensure the highest levels of security and privacy for health data hosted by these providers.

The HDS certification encompasses a set of requirements, including physical and logical security measures, data protection, risk management, and incident response. Organizations seeking HDS certification must undergo an audit by an accredited certification body to demonstrate their compliance with these requirements.

Who should consider aligning with HDS?

Organizations that provide health data hosting services in France, or that process personal health data on behalf of French healthcare providers, should consider aligning with HDS. This includes cloud service providers, data centers, and other hosting providers involved in the management of personal health data.

Benefits of HDS compliance

Enhanced privacy posture

Compliance with the HDS certification ensures that organizations implement appropriate measures to protect the personal health data of individuals in France.

Improved customer trust

Aligning with HDS demonstrates an organization’s commitment to data privacy, helping build trust with clients, partners, and stakeholders in the healthcare sector.

Competitive advantage

Organizations that comply with HDS can differentiate themselves from competitors and benefit from increased trust in the marketplace.

How Neutral Partners can help

Managed Compliance

Our end-to-end management of your HDS compliance program ensures that your organization always maintains a robust privacy posture. We assist you in implementing the necessary policies, processes, and controls, monitor your ongoing compliance, and provide guidance on continuous improvement. Our expert team takes the burden off your shoulders, allowing you to focus on your core business operations.

Readiness Assessment

Our Readiness Assessment service identifies and remediates gaps in your privacy posture, ensuring complete alignment with HDS requirements. Our experienced consultants comprehensively analyze your existing data privacy practices, compare them to the certification’s requirements, and provide actionable recommendations for addressing any identified gaps. This service is essential for organizations seeking to achieve HDS certification or maintain their existing certification.

Internal Audit

Our Internal Audit service evaluates the effectiveness of your data privacy controls, ensuring that your organization remains in compliance with HDS. Our skilled auditors thoroughly examine your organization’s privacy policies, procedures, and controls, identifying any areas of non-conformance and providing recommendations for improvement. This service helps you maintain privacy and prepare for external audits.

Risk Assessment

Our Risk Assessment service identifies and prioritizes risks to the personal health data you process, ensuring that you implement appropriate controls in line with HDS requirements. We evaluate your organization’s unique risk landscape, considering threats, vulnerabilities, and potential business impacts. Based on this analysis, we help you develop a risk treatment plan that addresses the most significant risks, ensuring your organization remains effective and resilient.

Policy Development

Our Policy Development service creates tailored policies and procedures that align with the HDS certification, ensuring that your organization meets the requirements. We work closely with your team to develop customized documentation, considering your specific business needs, goals, and operational processes. This service ensures that your organization has a solid foundation for compliance with HDS.

Tabletop Exercise

Our Tabletop Exercise service designs and facilitates custom tabletop exercises to test your organization’s incident response capabilities in the context of HDS. These exercises simulate real data privacy incidents, allowing your team to practice their response strategies and identify areas for improvement. By participating in our expert-led tabletop exercises, your organization can strengthen its incident response capabilities and ensure preparedness for real-world privacy events.

Get Started

Achieving and maintaining HDS compliance is essential for your organization’s privacy and success in the healthcare sector. Partner with Neutral Partners to benefit from our expertise and dedicated support in navigating the complexities of the HDS certification. Contact us today to begin your journey toward a robust data privacy posture.