Tū Ora Compass Health looks after a significant number of Kiwis, as the fourth-largest Primary Health Organisation in New Zealand. Delivering high quality care while managing privacy and securing patient data has become a critical focus with the changing landscape of cyber security. With support from partners Aceso Health, Telesmart and Medical IT Advisors, Tū Ora underwent a life-saving operation that mapped out its vulnerabilities, migrated its systems and data to Azure and integrated Microsoft’s advanced security features across its entire network. Now it not only has a clean bill of health – it is leading the health world.
For an organisation looking after people’s most valuable asset, their health, this situation just could not continue. Protecting patient data and privacy is critical to any healthcare organisation. Governments around the world increasingly require agencies to demonstrate advanced data protection standards – like New Zealand’s own Health Information Security Framework.
While all Tū Ora’s member practices use their own IT systems, any compromise to Tū Ora’s data estate could also have compromised theirs, something that would significantly impact their trust (and that of their patients). And in August 2019, the almost-worst happened – Tū Ora suffered a major cyber event. Thankfully, as far as can be established, no data was leaked publicly, but it was a chilling wake-up call for every single health organisation in the country.
Tū Ora was determined to adopt a secure, modern tech stack that would protect every patient in its care, while also adding resilience and enabling it to deliver better services as befits an organisation dedicated to serving a diverse population expecting the best care.
Using Microsoft cloud technologies and their unmatched security capabilities, all devices used by the PHO’s staff were enrolled in Microsoft Defender for Endpoint Security by the Tū Ora IT team, enabling Alistair to monitor any potential security vulnerabilities, or hacking attempts. Via the Microsoft Defender dashboard, the Tū Ora team proactively manages all devices, software, and users.
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