Health IT tip of the day: Control the gateway

By using IT to predefine sensitive content, organizations can ensure patients are protected.

Mounil Patel, strategic technology consultant for Mimecast in Boston: It's not uncommon for medical terms and Social Security numbers to be passed back and forth in emails and attachments. And, despite consistent staff training about the sensitivity of these emails, human error still occurs, introducing real-world risk to regulatory compliance. By implementing automated gateway content controls, organizations can identify sensitive content that is easily predefined, to ensure compliance and the protection of its patients. Additionally, content control tools offer a range of options for managing the transfer of sensitive information ranging from alerting, automatic encryption, or blocking the transfer completely.

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