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Healthcare encryption strengthens document security

Mar 25, 2013 3:11:50 AM

As with so many other industries, healthcare is continually fighting an uphill battle in an effort to minimize data breaches. While there are many tools that can be used to strengthen document protection and reduce digital vulnerabilities, encryption is among the most efficient and effective, according to an InformationWeek report.

"[We need to] get people focused on the one simple thing they can do in the security space and move the needle in terms of protecting patient privacy," security expert Doug Pollack said, according to InformationWeek. "Encryption is one of those rare focus areas that can make a huge difference."

If document security initiatives are deployed correctly, incorporating encryption can be simple and will prevent unauthorized individuals from viewing confidential resources. This is especially important as healthcare facilities begin to embrace bring your own device and other mobile strategies that make it easier for people to access records, the news source continued.

Healthcare administrators should also consider implementing document rights management technologies, which are similar to encryption in the sense that they inhibit people from viewing sensitive files that are normally out of their reach.