Microsoft offers tools to protect patient data amid heightened COVID-19 security threats

Healthcare IT News

Kat Jercich

In a recent HIMSS20 Digital presentation, Microsoft M365 Security and Compliance CTO Hemma Prafullchandra warned that bad actors have felt empowered to take advantage of coronavirus fears.

St. Luke's University Health Network in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, has 15,000 employees and more than 1 million patient records.

Given the sheer amount of data being exchanged on a daily basis, "keeping our patient information safe is paramount," said Chad Brisendine, chief information officer at St. Luke's, in a video played during a recent HIMSS20 Digital presentation.

The scope of the health system presented information security challenges, said the St. Luke's team: It was relying on nearly two dozen systems to ensure data protection.

"It put our analysts in a place where it was incredibly time-consuming," said Erin Boris, information security strategic specialist at St. Luke's.

By using Microsoft 365 tools, St. Luke's team members said, the system can...

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