Time to get up to speed with GDPR

On 25 May 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (AVG), better known as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), comes into effect. Read in this article how this affects (care) organizations, what you can do to comply with the GDPR and how Intercept can help you free of charge.


What is GDPR?
On 25 May 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (AVG), better known as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), comes into effect. This gives European citizens more control over their personal data. This regulation will not only affect organizations within the European Economic Area, but also global organizations that focus on markets and / or consumers in the EU.
How does GDPR affect my organization?
The most important question we have to ask ourselves is: why is GDPR important?
Health data are given a special mention under GDPR and are subject to stricter regulations because of the sensitive nature of these data and the large amount of data that is stored by healthcare organizations.
GDPR not only helps to protect the privacy of clients or patients, but also forces organizations to take action. For example because they have to develop and optimize processes for storing and supplying sensitive data (to the right people, at the right time).

What can I do to comply with the regulations?
The fundamental impact of GDPR is obvious, so it is important to formulate a plan and ensure that your organization complies with the GDPR rules. Cloud computing now plays an integral role in managing and protecting sensitive patient data. That is why we have outlined the main functions of Microsoft Azure below and explained how you can comply with the GDPR rules:
  • Manage your data
    Azure Active Directory is all about identity and access management, which ensures that only authorized users have access to your computer environment, data and applications. Features such as Multi-factor Authentication and Information Protection ensure that your data is identifiable and secure, reducing the risk of data breaches inside and outside your organization.
  • Protect your data
    Microsoft maintains physical control over all its data centers at all times and observes the highest level of security measures for all its Azure services. Azure Security Center helps you detect, prevent and respond to threats. Built-in advanced analysis helps you identify attacks that would otherwise go unnoticed. Data encryption within Azure Storage fully protects your data, both during storage and during sharing, which is especially useful when data is being sent outside your organization.
    Beyond GDPR
    Azure changes the way in which healthcare providers can provide high-quality, affordable services. Cloud computing can reduce your costs by eliminating the need to purchase and maintain hardware and software, regardless of whether your organization uses it or not. In the cloud you only pay for what you actually use.
    In addition, you can take advantage of the flexibility that Azure offers by allowing you to increase or scale capacity when you need it. In addition, you can implement IT functionalities, such as new applications and software, faster in your organization, allowing you to continuously innovate.

    GDPR check and Healtchare Sessions

    How Intercept supports you to become compliant:
  • In collaboration with Microsoft we offer you a free GDPR Assessment This is a fast, online self-evaluation that is available to help your organization determine to what extent it already complies with the GDPR and what they still need to do for full compliance. After completing the GDPR check you will receive a report from Intercept containing our recommendations to ensure that you become GDPR-compliant.
  • In addition, on Wednesday 17 or Thursday, January 25, between 12:30 and 15:45, we organize two sessions on GDPR compliance, especially for healthcare organizations. Click here for registration and more information.