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Cybersecurity: New Area for Mobile Medical App Compliance, Part 2

Cybersecurity New Area for Mobile Medical App Compliance, Part 2The following is a guest contributed post from AirStrip’s Vice President of Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs, Andy Miller.

The trap many developers – from software architects to programmers to designers – fall into is thinking they know enough about cybersecurity to adequately identify and address the risks, while falsely relying on the underlying OS for protection.

It is important to remember, cyber criminals are professionals diligently working on new ways to exploit networks, mobile phones and applications. Anything connected to the Internet must be assumed to be actively under attack, and even more so if the information within these devices is considered valuable. Reuters reported in 2014 that patient health credentials are 10 to 20 times more valuable than credit card numbers. The reality is that any network connection enabled by an app may introduce new risk.

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Cybersecurity: New Area for Mobile Medical App Compliance, Part 1

Cybersecurity New Area for Mobile Medical App Compliance, Part 1The following is a guest contributed post from AirStrip’s Vice President of Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs, Andy Miller.

Regulatory compliance. While this phrase may strike an ominous tone for many traditional mobile app software companies, it is familiar territory for veterans in the mobile medical app space. It is unlikely the software developers behind the first calorie counting app gave regulatory compliance much thought. Applications, after all, have been a source of convenience, entertainment and education for years. However, as mobile apps have grown more integrated and mobile device sensor technology has become more sophisticated, that calorie counting app may be transformed into a tool for treating obesity, diabetes and sleep disorders. Smart software developers have come to realize that mobile medical apps are a way to future profits as well as a benefit to patients.

That is where the regulatory compliance piece of the puzzle comes in. We are all now familiar with the FDA and their Guidance on Mobile Medical App regulation, issued this past February. In my opinion, the guidance leaves far too many apps essentially unregulated. However, it does corral the applications posing the greatest patient risk and provides app developers with a pathway to obtain clearance before being marketed.

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Biometric Authentication App Downloads Set to Hit 770 million by 2019

Biometric Authentication App Downloads Set to Hit 770 million by 2019A new report from Juniper Research proposes that more than 770 million biometric authentication applications will be downloaded annually by 2019.

Putting those numbers into perspective, that figure is up dramatically from just 6 million this year.

What will be the impact of this anticipated reality? For starters, it will massively reduce dependence on alphanumeric passwords in the mobile phone market.

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Health Hacks Could Be As Brutal as Those in Hollywood; Biggest Threat Still Employee Mistakes

Health Hacks Could Be As Brutal as Those in Hollywood Biggest Threat Still Employee MistakesWhat can the recent hack on Sony Pictures teach us about the healthcare sector?

Actually, among the privileged Sony information bits that were compromised were not just nasty emails about Hollywood stars, but also employee healthcare data and other personal information.

So says Michael Bruemmer of Experian Data Breach Resolution, who believes the primary lesson to be learned is “that any organization that handles health information is vulnerable to hacking, regardless of whether it’s a healthcare provider, a business associate that processes the data, or an employer, such as Sony, that communicates about workers’ healthcare.”

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Who Will Land The $11 Billion Dollar Defense Department Contract?

Who Will Land The $11 Billion Dollar Defense Department ContractThe military has decided that it is indeed time to bring their health records into the modern electronic age. But military officials are yet to select the tech firm they will turn to for this massive project.

The Defense Department is currently accepting bids for an estimated 10 year project and the DoD is, understandably, attracting the likes of tech giants such as IBM and Hewlett-Packard.

The deadline for applications is October 31, and the project value is estimated at around $11 billion, according to The Washington Post.

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Data Breach Threats Remain The Bane of mHealth

Data Breach Threats Remain The Bane of mHealthWhen it comes to the adoption of mHealth, the threat of patient data breaches continues to imperil the industry’s growth.

Citing data from a small survey that was conducted at the HIMSS14 conference last month, QRcodepress reports that “mHealth adoption could be facing some hurdles until it undergoes some improvements in the area of security.”

The risk of data breaches was the top major barrier identified to be in the way of mobile health technology adoption. After that was the ability to meet compliance and regulatory requirements for the security and privacy of patient information.

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TrueVault Making Strides for mHealth

TrueVault Making Strides for mHealthIn the last round of bills to pass through Congress, we saw a slate of healthcare reform acts, as well as a stimulus package, which was designed to help jumpstart President Obama’s efforts to encourage for more affordable healthcare.

One of the provisions introduced in an aforementioned bill calls for new HIPAA regulations and advanced security protocols for patient information. These regulations significantly impact the ways that technology companies have been developing apps and software for hospitals and doctors’ offices.

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