IT Security & Management: Managing Quickly-Evolving IT Infrastructure

February 28, 2021 Tynan Szvetecz

IT Security And Management

Data security compliance in the healthcare industry is essential. It is difficult to keep up with changes in regulations, adapt to ever-changing risks and threats, and ensure that data is reliable, available and secure.

Using centralized cloud services helps ensure industry-standard data security, reduces downtime with a strong track record for availability and uptime, and keeps the IT infrastructure up to date with the latest advances in cloud technology.

In addition to security and availability requirements, institutions are seeing a cost savings from consolidating data management and shifting IT infrastructure maintenance to cloud service providers.


Hardware maintenance costs went from $250k/yr to $80k/yr – 68% reduction of costs.


Azure Security

CAMPSITE runs on Microsoft Azure, which provides a secure, segregated environment for institutional data. Azure’s secure infrastructure and network have safeguards in place to prevent unauthorized access to data and cyber-attacks. As of May 2018, Microsoft had over 3,500 cybersecurity staff, with over 200 staff focused on identifying potential system vulnerabilities.

Azure has more than 90 compliance certifications for key industries and global operations including:

  • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) / Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act
  • Health Information Trust Alliance (HITRUST)
  • Minimum Acceptable Risk Standards for Exchanges (MARS-E)

IT Management

With a robust service offering built on Azure, UTMB is able to manage 300 IT services with 1.5 FTE. Relying on Azure customer support and system management to keep the core infrastructure secured and operational, the staff is able to shift their focus from basic support tasks to developing an architecture, tailoring the internal support model, and enhancing the IT capabilities of the organization. Institutional-driven IT architecture can be rapidly deployed when basic services are managed by Microsoft service agreements.

Reductions Licensing Costs

Accessing data in CAMPSITE reduces the need for staff to log into the other enterprise systems thereby reducing the total cost of licensing.

 

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