3 Reasons Why Wearables Bring New Complications for HIPAA Compliance

Health Tech Magazine

Donna Marbury

The capabilities of health and fitness wearables continue to grow, as does the amount of data they generate. About 20 percent of U.S. adults report owning a wearable or smartwatch, according to a January report from the Pew Research Center, and those users will produce millions of health-related data points in their lifetimes.

But how — and to what extent — do private companies secure that data?

The simplicity and intelligence of wearables, despite their benefits in maintaining good health, could leave consumers vulnerable, notes a recent report from Manatt and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Wearables, mobile apps and even Facebook are collecting health-related data on users. Without an expansion of HIPAA laws to include these new technologies, consumers can be misinformed...

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