Oracle Releases Security Governor Product for Health Care Industry

Oracle launches a new security governance product to help health care organizations deal with privacy breaches.

Oracle is targeting the health care industry with an integrated, out-of-the-box security governance solution.

The company announced the tool, dubbed Oracle Security Governor for Healthcare, today at the Oracle OpenWorld conference in San Francisco. A component of the Oracle Health Management Platform, the product brings auditing and real-time fraud detection to the table to help organizations identify and prevent malicious activity.

According to Oracle, the audit capabilities can be used for audit trails and detection of suspicious activity that has taken place.

"The transformation of the healthcare IT infrastructure, with the aim of involving consumers, physicians, payers, employers and government as never before, has created unique business challenges concerning security and privacy," said Rohit Gupta, vice president of identity management at Oracle, in a statement. "With Oracle Security Governor, healthcare organizations can now have the first complete solution to audit and manage security in real-time that helps prevent fraudulent operations and protect their clients' privacy, while still meeting compliance requirements."

Building off Oracle Identity Management 11g, Oracle Data Mining and Oracle SOA Suite offers risk-monitoring capabilities such as analytics and reporting to bring better visibility into data and application access and suspicious insider activity. The real-time privacy and breach detection capabilities can be used to detect medical theft or insider snooping on confidential and sensitive information in real time, the company said.

The product also includes criteria-based automated reporting functionality that allows rapid incident detection and workflow.

"Implementation of the health IT stimulus provisions is upon us, and federal policymakers are increasingly focused on security and privacy as key to building and maintaining public trust in the digital health revolution," said Deven McGraw, director of the health privacy project at the Center for Democracy & Technology, in a statement. "New requirements have raised the bar, and health care organizations are likely to face growing expectations in security and privacy over the next several years."