When a health care organization has a data breach, or a pending malpractice, fraud case or disaster, there is a need for a software-supported process that can get answers about where data went and what happened to it.

Digital forensics-the use of scientific methodology to introduce computer data into actual or potential litigation-relies on "using the best computer techniques in a way that you could go to court and clearly and irrefutably explain what you did," says Winston Krone, managing director at Kivu Consulting, which specializes in investigative, discovery and analysis services. "It's also preserving evidence and making sure that the procedures you do don't change the evidence."

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