Technology Record - Issue 33: Summer 2024

125 time providing care to patients. This technology is being used by healthcare companies like Teladoc Health to automate clinical documentation during virtual exams and ease the administrational burden on the workforce. In good hands Healthcare cybersecurity and risk management are more critical than ever. With increasing numbers of the aforementioned IoT devices transmitting private medical data over the internet, healthcare organisations must work to ensure data privacy, access control and threat detection. Encrypted messaging platforms enable secure communications between patients and their providers while ensuring regulatory compliance. Microsoft’s cloud offerings enhance security with strict adherence to regulations such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, a set of healthcare laws in the USA for doctors’ offices, hospitals, health insurers and other healthcare companies to safeguard protected health information, and the European General Data Protection Regulation, which protects against the collection, processing and storage of an individuals’ data in Europe. Microsoft Azure has one of the largest compliance portfolios as a cloud solution and is based on various types of assurances, freeing organisations to devote more resources to innovation. Meanwhile, the multi-layered security built into Azure – like advanced threat detection and encryption – create a more secure environment for sensitive data such as clinical research, intellectual property and patient records. Microsoft partners Commvault and Hitachi Solutions are helping organisations to leverage Microsoft solutions to protect data and ensure recovery readiness in the event of a security breach, while Sapphire Health has developed an electronic health record platform, which integrates with Azure, that provides secured backup and clustered servers. This is necessary for healthcare and health sciences to keep operations running and scalable. In conclusion, cloud technologies are helping to pave the way for more personalised healthcare, productive workers and better security for patient data. The availability, reliability and security of cloud platforms such as Azure are a perfect fit for the needs of the health sciences industry. Learn more about cloud technologies for healthcare providers at: Agustin Nolte is director partner marketing advisor at Microsoft PUBLIC SECTOR Photo: iStock/sturti