Healthcare Innovation May 17, 2022
Janette Wider

Third-party apps that collect health data may be crowd-pleasers to consumers, but privacy and security are two major concerns, as there is currently no federal regulation to protect this information

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic began, third-party apps that collect health data were gaining popularity and concerns surrounding privacy were debated in the healthcare industry. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) only protects a specific subset of protected health information (PHI) and the law applies only to traditional healthcare covered entities (CEs) and their business associates. What’s happening now, experts agree poses a major problem for U.S. healthcare.

According to a 2019 study published in the National Library of Medicine (NLM), 79 percent of healthcare apps resell or share data, and there...

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Topics: Apps, Cybersecurity, Digital Health, Health IT, Healthcare System, Privacy / Security, Survey / Study, Technology, Trends
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