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Azure Information Protection and it’s Benefits to Healthcare

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Having worked within an IT department at a healthcare company back in the day, I have an understanding of how important it is to keep information safe and secure.

Azure Information Protection and Healthcare

With an increasing number of hospitals, pharmacies, and health insurance companies using electronic records, the need for security management across multiple devices, users, and other organizations is increasing at a dramatic pace. Without a comprehensive Information Protection solution in place, companies risk either leaking sensitive data or locking it down too tightly to be useful.

Protecting information as an end user is extremely important. It’s more than just securing your devices, setting strong passwords and locking your computer. With Azure Information Protection, documents and email can be secured to prevent unwanted access. It can also prevent additional security threats via a second form of authentication.

Classifying Confidential Information Based Sensitivity

The ability to classify and organize confidential information allows users to manage and secure accessibility within departments and an entire organization.  Document Labeling can be added within the Active Directory tenant. This can be achieved either automatically or manually, and published to the rest of the organization. There are 5 main classifications for sensitive data: Public, Personal, General, Confidential, and Highly Confidential.

These categories can even be further broken down into sub labels.  As an example, the HR department can add a sub-label within the confidential label to keep sensitive documents for HR use only.  Another example is customer service, pharmaceutical and medical staff having access to Customer PHI (Protected Health Information) data, considered highly sensitive or highly-confidential.  

By adding a sub-label to the highly-confidential label, this data can be further categorized to the specific departments, helping to prevent an incident of the Billing Department accidentally opening a customer document meant only for the pharmaceutical team.

Document labeling provides that second form of authentication, securing sensitive information across multiple departments within an organization.

Secure Emails with Office Message Encryption

Some situations may occur in which a health insurance company may need to send sensitive customer information via an email to an outside pharmacy. In this type of situation, Office Message Encryption can be used to prevent the email from being corrupted. Either in  forwarding, copying, and/or printed unless otherwise specified by the sender.  Thus, protecting the customer’s identity and their sensitive information from being stolen or seen by any unwanted parties.

Azure Information Protection is bringing security not just to IT, but to all users within an organization. Empowering users to be proactive, change agent for their company and department.

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