On Thursday, TrueVault unveiled a new file storage solution for healthcare applications.
The TrueVault BLOB (binary large object) Store offers HIPAA compliant binary storage for any file format. Details shared in today’s announcement confirm that this includes DICOM files (e.g. X-Rays, CT Scans, MRIs), PDFs, scanned medical records, images, and videos.
“There is no limit to the number of files you can upload,” explains TrueVault CEO Jason Wang.
Posted in Healthcare, Healthcare IT, Security
Proving once again that mHealth apps are not immune to security threats, iPharmacy is taking substantial heat today for purportedly leaking medical information online.
According to PCMag, which cites a report from Appthority, this app “has some serious problems.”
“For an app that has earned a top developer award from Google Play, [we] found it to be one of the top offenders when it comes to risky privacy behaviors for apps in the health or medical category,” explains Appthority Chief Architect and Co-Founder Kevin Watkins.
Posted in mHealth, mHealth news, Security, Smartphones
CDW Health recently shared an alarming infographic that should be a cautionary tale to those in the healthcare industry who aren’t taking adequate security measures with regard to electronic health records.
Unsecured records are, indeed, very costly, as the shared visual below conveys.
From data breaches, HIPAA breaches, and even general record breaches, all the costs add up to an outcome that can and should be avoided at all costs.
Posted in Infographics, Security, Technology
Big data has the potential to revolutionize healthcare every bit as profoundly as mobile. And for that reason, there is an industry-wide examination of big data taking place at this very moment.
Vast amounts of data from genomic sequencing and electronic health records have the potential to radically improve the health of individual patients.
But first, institutions must learn how to manage the data, and adopt uniform standards in usability that will enable them to share vital information.
Posted in Healthcare, Healthcare IT, Organizations, Patient privacy, Security
If you missed our live webinar last Thursday, you can now check out the informative presentation in its entirety online.
Along with our sister sites Mobile Marketing Watch and mGamingWatch, we hosted an emergency webinar for marketers and related professionals across numerous industries – including healthcare – who must urgently educate themselves on a wide array of emerging issues related to consumer privacy, location based services, and the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).
Attorneys Ross Buntrock and Michael Hazzard of Arent Fox, Rip Gerber of Locaid, and Jared Reitzin and Darren Withers of mobileStorm participated in the discussion.
Posted in Best Practices, Healthcare, mHealth, Patient privacy, Regulation, Security, Smartphones, tablets, Technology
The non-profit Privacy Rights Clearinghouse is out with a new report that urges – in strong terms – mobile health developers to bolster their standards for protecting sensitive user data.
After studying 43 popular health and fitness apps (both free and paid) from both a consumer and technical perspective, it is clear that there are considerable privacy risks for users – and that the privacy policies for those apps that have policies do not describe those risks. However, these apps appeal to a wide range of consumers because they can be beneficial, convenient, and are often free to use.
“Consumers should not assume any of their data is private in the mobile app environment—even health data that they consider sensitive,” a statement from the organization reads. “Users must weigh the benefits of the service with the realistic possibility that they are revealing information about their health not only to the app developer or publisher but also to third parties.”
Posted in Mobile App, Security, Technology
On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued a final health IT safety plan designed to eradicate medical errors as they pertain to technology.
Aiming to protect patients and improve the quality and efficiency of health care, the Department says the final Health IT Patient Safety Action and Surveillance Plan addresses the role of health IT within HHS’ commitment to patient safety.
The Plan, implemented by the Office of National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), outlines the responsibilities to be shared across HHS and details significant participation from the private sector. Through the Plan:
Posted in Regulation, Security, Technology