301-571-5040    Get SUPPORT

Washington Works Blog

Washington Works has been serving the Bethesda area since 2005, providing IT Support such as technical helpdesk support, computer support, and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses.

HIPAA and Wearables May Clash in the Near Future

HIPAA and Wearables May Clash in the Near Future

Today, perhaps now more than ever before, technology is making strides toward making its users consider ways to stay healthier. Wearables are one of the primary examples of how technology is aiming to make users both more active and more interested about their own health. At 2018’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, this technology was front and center, showcasing how far it has come in just a year’s time.

The latest and greatest health technology takes advantage of monitoring and other types of machinery to ensure users are connected to their vitals in never before seen ways. Healthcare professionals are using these technologies to diagnose and predict potential health issues in patients, allowing them to take a preventative approach to their wellness. Devices like watches, pacemakers, phones, and even jewelry are all collecting data that can be used by patients and doctors to improve the way that personal health is approached.

Consumer technology is one of the strongest places to start implementing health-based functionality, according to several industry professionals, including Samsung’s chief medical officer and head of healthcare and fitness, Dr. David Rhew. Yet, these changes in the way that technologies take advantage of health information tend to blur the lines between what’s acceptable and what’s not.

Take, for example, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, which ensures that medical data or similar records are kept safe and secure from prying eyes. There are various regulations that need to be kept by any organization collecting this information for any reason--even if it’s just a device that’s collecting information about a user’s vitals. How are these devices affected by HIPAA, or vice versa?

The near future might be filled with devices that can examine heart rate, detect abnormalities in blood pressure, track sleeping patterns, and monitor body temperature, but these devices will need to be closely monitored and regulated in an effort to preserve the privacy of their patients or users. The question for the future, however, will be whether or not these wearables should be held to the same regulations as HIPAA compliant devices are.

Here are some of the more interesting smart wearables that can be used by consumers to learn more about the inner workings of their bodies:

  • L’Oréal introduced a tiny ultraviolet sensor smaller than a thumbnail that can be used to minimize exposure to too much sunlight and reduce chances of skin cancer.
  • Philips has created the SmartSleep, which is headgear that can improve the quality of the user’s deep sleep and monitor patterns in sleep.
  • Oska Wellness has introduced a wearable that connects an electromagnetic pulse to an application, all to track and resolve muscle pain.

What are some of your anticipated uses for wearable technology in the coming year? Let us know in the comments, and subscribe for more information on the latest and greatest technology.

Could Your Favorite App Infect Your Device?
Tip of the Week: How to Protect Yourself from Invo...
 

Comments

No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment
Already Registered? Login Here
Guest
Saturday, July 21 2018
If you'd like to register, please fill in the username, password and name fields.

Captcha Image

Mobile? Grab this Article!

QR-Code dieser Seite

Tag Cloud

Tip of the Week Security Technology Best Practices Cloud Business Computing Privacy Malware Hackers Software Network Security Email Tech Term Internet Managed IT Services Backup Mobile Devices Business Ransomware Computer Microsoft Hosted Solutions Productivity User Tips Google Data Recovery Smartphone Data Backup Android Managed Service Provider Productivity Data Management Windows 10 Encryption Business Continuity IT Services Office 365 Paperless Office Small Business Efficiency Cloud Computing Social Media IT Support Communication Remote Monitoring Outsourced IT Business Management Hardware Data Browser App Server Cybersecurity Facebook Disaster Recovery Tip of the week Infrastructure Smartphones Government Bandwidth BYOD Work/Life Balance Workplace Tips Innovation Save Money Windows Internet of Things Holiday Managed IT Services Compliance Hosted Solution Unified Threat Management Money Chrome Windows 10 Virtual Reality Risk Management Saving Money Applications How To BDR Vulnerability SaaS IT Management Two-factor Authentication Password Word Apps File Sharing Artificial Intelligence Chromebook Phishing Big Data Employer-Employee Relationship Document Management Antivirus Samsung G Suite Identity Theft Wi-Fi Computing Blockchain Passwords Politics Gmail Maintenance Taxes Regulations Business Technology IoT Websites Physical Security Hacker Customer Relationship Management Botnet HIPAA Office Automation Mobile Security Patch Management Scam Smart Technology Vendor Management Data loss Mobile Device Collaboration Twitter Computer Care VPN Telephone Systems Data Security Robot Server Management Tech Support Training Storage Virtual Private Network Recovery Firewall Remote Computing Automobile Alert Health Wireless Bring Your Own Device Emoji Tablet Time Management Search Travel Smart Tech User Error Service Level Agreement Staff Electronic Medical Records VoIP Vulnerabilities Comparison How To Network Management Motion Sickness Connectivity Utility Computing Managed IT Legal Cortana Supercomputer Geography Office Tips Specifications Analytics Permissions Touchscreen Social IT Support IBM Notifications IT Consultant Healthcare Wearable Technology Outlook Sports Printer Corporate Profile IT Budget Microsoft Office High-Speed Internet Social Networking Lenovo Black Friday Fraud Cabling Meetings Star Wars Management Shortcut Access Control WannaCry Digital Payment Development Website Administrator Motherboard Superfish Cyber Monday Firefox Webcam Cost Management Education Enterprise Resource Planning Machine Learning SharePoint Monitors IT Solutions Staffing Cables Black Market Crowdsourcing Hotspot Heating/Cooling Disaster Spam Point of Sale Assessment Mobile Device Management Cleaning Mobile Relocation IT Technicians Downloads Upgrades Network Wires Router Networking Distributed Denial of Service Language Servers Personal Information Uninterrupted Power Supply Internet Exlporer Company Culture Private Cloud Mirgation Update Multi-Factor Security YouTube WiFi Augmented Reality Downtime Modem Managed IT Service Quick Tips Computing Infrastructure Web Server Value Managing Stress Error Google Calendar Settings GPS The Internet of Things Cookies Break Fix Google Drive Gadgets Alerts Statistics Computer Repair Solid State Drive Budget Cameras Professional Services Enterprise Content Management Communications Chatbots Mail Merge Legislation Digital Tracking Cybercrime Nanotechnology Techology Processors Dark Web VoIP Law Enforcement Licensing Bluetooth Hard Disk Drive CCTV USB Unified Communications Identity Address Mouse Spyware Avoiding Downtime Upgrade Screen Reader Unified Threat Management Microsoft Excel Gadget Cooperation Virtualization Dongle CrashOverride Presentation Emergency 5G Wireless Technology Marketing IP Address Customer Service Mobile Office Domains Hard Drives Public Speaking Lithium-ion battery Managed Service Safety Hiring/Firing Competition Fun Users Miscellaneous