By Pramod V R
If your healthcare organization is like most, you’re probably facing a data dilemma.
You need as much patient information as possible to deliver exceptional care, but electronically storing that data for future use can expose your company to hefty fines and other penalties if the information isn’t properly protected.
This is the challenge several colleagues and I set out to solve more than two years ago, when we began exploring ideas that ultimately led to the development of record-level sensitivity-based data storage in a hybrid multi-cloud environment (US11455416)1, or the ‘416 Patent for simplicity.
Now, using the ‘416 Patent, you can safeguard your patients’ most confidential, or sensitive, data while allowing authorized individuals to access less-sensitive information when needed.
In the process, you may also be able to reduce costs, improve efficiencies, and reinforce compliance across your enterprise, converting your data storage obstacles of today into business opportunities for tomorrow.
How the ‘416 Patent works
The ‘416 Patent describes a data segregation process—implemented as a system—that breaks apart clusters, or rows, of data into individual records, or fields, and analyzes the information within each record. The system then partitions the data within the fields to a networked on-premises, public cloud, or private cloud data storage center based on the sensitivity of the information.
So, if an organization implements the process claimed in the ‘416 Patent and identifies information in a data record as extremely confidential, the system can direct the data within that field either to the organization’s on-premises or private cloud data storage center. On-site or private cloud data stores are typically the most secure places to store data, making them ideal for personally identifiable information (PII)2 and other highly sensitive information.
On the other hand, if the system identifies a select data field as less sensitive, it can assign information from that record to an interconnected public cloud data center. Data stored on a public cloud hosted by a hyperscaler or another trusted cloud provider remains secure, but the data center likely has different storage parameters, making it more cost efficient than using on-premises or private cloud data stores.
The system described in the ‘416 Patent also allows users to define the parameters that measure the sensitivity of each data record. That means an organization can adjust values for privacy thresholds, which could help in administering the organization’s privacy policies and complying with HIPPA requirements and other regulatory mandates.