Microsoft continues to expand the capabilities of its cloud-based services with the introduction of a new AI-powered feature in Azure AI. This innovative tool is currently being tested with a select group of businesses and promises to revolutionize the way organizations handle and process sensitive documents.
In the past, businesses that wanted to use AI to summarize or redact content in documents had to extract the text from the document, remove any sensitive information, and then recreate the document in its original format. This process was time-consuming, expensive, and inconvenient.
Microsoft’s new feature eliminates these challenges by allowing businesses to simply upload the native document to Azure AI. The AI will then automatically summarize or redact content using its REST API for Personally Identifiable Information (PII). The processed document can then be downloaded in its original file format.
This groundbreaking feature has the potential to transform industries that handle large volumes of sensitive customer information, such as healthcare, insurance, and finance. For example, healthcare professionals can use it to redact patient information before storing and archiving medical records. Insurance companies can use it to redact sensitive data from customer policies. Financial institutions can use it to remove sensitive information from loan applications and account statements.
In addition to its ease of use, the new Azure AI feature is also highly customizable. Businesses can define specific parameters to control the redaction process, such as the categories of information to be redacted, the characters to be used for redaction, and whether the redacted text should be replaced with characters or entity names.
While Microsoft has not yet announced a general availability date for this new feature, its potential to streamline document processing and enhance data security is undeniable. As businesses continue to grapple with the challenges of managing and protecting sensitive customer information, Microsoft’s AI-powered document processing tool is poised to become a game-changer.