privacy

By Laura Lovett 04:07 pm August 16, 2019
While voice has been touted as an emerging technology with the ability to lower the bar to entry, industry players are now starting to warn of privacy gaps. Amazon Alexa and Google Home devices are now becoming a frequent household item, used for everything from ordering a new wardrobe to helping with homework.  But when used in the medical industry, the technology needs to be administered...
By Laura Lovett 03:08 pm August 6, 2019
Increasingly, Amazon Alexa and Siri are no longer just a tool for ordering pizza. Voice technology has found its way into healthcare, and now one of the most established industries in the medical world is starting to explore the possibilities of voice: pharma.  “I think voice should be part of a robust ecosystem in which pharma provides treatment information … and things like that,” Kay Bayne,...
By Laura Lovett 01:00 pm June 28, 2019
  Google and the University of Chicago Medical Center are being sued for violating patients' privacy following a data-sharing partnership that the two parties inked two years ago. A new class action lawsuit, which was first reported on by the New York Times, accuses the hospital system of sharing data with the tech conglomerate that could be identifiable, namely doctor’s notes and the time frame...
By Laura Lovett 10:10 am April 22, 2019
When it comes to privacy and data transparency, smoking cessation and depression apps fall short, according to a new study published in JAMA this morning. The study, which zeroed in on 36 apps, found that 33 of those apps transmitted data to a third party. However, 17 of those apps either “lacked a privacy policy, failed to disclose the transmission policy in text or said that the transmission...
By Dave Muoio 02:27 pm October 18, 2018
Xcertia, a standards and guidelines body for mobile apps, today announced the draft release of  its updated Privacy and Security Guidelines, a document consisting of practical and descriptive advice for health app designers. The group has opened the draft up for comment from stakeholders and industry members for the next 45 days, Chuck Parker, managing director at Xcertia, said here at the...
Screensnaps of Whats App, iMessage and Facebook Messenger.

Screensnaps of Whats App, iMessage and Facebook Messenger.

By Mike Miliard 05:11 pm August 30, 2018
A majority of  UK National Health Service trusts have no official policies to discourage the use of consumer messaging apps such as WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger among clinicians and staff, according to a new CommonTime report. The study found that despite the clear privacy risks posed by those apps, many trusts also don't provide other more secure alternatives for staff to use. This is just...
Doctor looking at mobile device
By Leontina Postelnicu 12:29 pm June 19, 2018
Politicians and policymakers should draft a ‘comprehensive strategy’ to ensure the NHS and social care system harnesses technology and innovation at pace, a final report from the Lord Darzi Review of Health and Care warns. It calls for a 'digital first' approach and asks the system to leverage the use of innovative apps and devices, with an increased focus on prevention and promoting healthy...
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By Rob Benson 12:29 pm May 10, 2018
With its potential to use data to make healthcare more efficient and effective, some say that artificial intelligence could save a NHS faced with rising demand, workforce shortages, and a funding crisis. However, the possibilities for AI come at a time of increased scrutiny on the use of personal data. The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is forcing organisations to consider how...
By Jonah Comstock 04:03 pm December 21, 2017
Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Washington) introduced a new bill to the US House of Representatives that would change the way HIPAA applies to health data clearinghouses. Versions of the bill, called the "Ensuring Patient Access to Healthcare Records Act," has been introduced in previous sessions but has never made it to the floor. Healthcare clearinghouses are organizations that receive...
By MobiHealthNews 05:18 pm May 22, 2017
HIMSS Media is currently accepting speaker proposals for the Boston Healthcare Security Forum, Sept. 11-13,   The deadline to submit a proposal is June 1. Click here to submit a proposal.   Submissions are limited to security professionals and experts from healthcare provider and payer organizations, government agencies, and academic institutions. Presentations should be practical, actionable and...