The HIPAA Compliance of Wearable Technology

The HIPAA Compliance of Wearable Technology

Healthcare Tech Outlook | Tuesday, October 20, 2020

As wearable technology continues to develop, organizations within the healthcare industry need to comply with HIPAA regulations.

FREMONT, CA: Wearables are popping up left and right, from bands to watches, to shirts, earbuds, and many more. Wearable devices are being used more to collect patient data. The major risk facing these types of consumer technologies is the lack of oversight and regulations surrounding them and how data is gathered and transferred. To this end, technology providers must be aware of these risks and take steps to protect themselves and remain HIPAA compliant. Read on to know more.

Top 10 Healthcare Compliance Consulting/Services Companies  - 2019The use of wearable devices in the healthcare sector is a bit complex area regarding HIPAA compliance. HIPAA does not apply if a consumer uses a wearable device to collect health data for their use. When a provider asks a patient to give the health data they gathered with wearable tech, HIPAA compliance plays a vital role. HIPAA applies once a wearable device with a practice’s EHR system, and from there, HIPAA compliance must be considered. However, once a provider becomes involved with receiving data from wearable technology, that exchange is subjected to HIPAA regulations and compliance standards.

Maintaining an overall cybersecurity level is also essential, including training the employees on policies and procedures meant to guard data. The potential benefits of collecting and utilizing data through wearable technology create a strong case for analyzing the practice’s participation. If the provider decides to utilize this technology, they must ensure that they implement a safe and effective program. Technology companies could use consumer health data to develop new products, inform advertising, or even sell it to third parties. Consumers’ limited awareness can make them overly trusting in what they submit in apps and related devices.

Technology companies should have a clearly defined and transparent privacy policy that tells customers and patients how they treat their information. Transparent parameters for consumer-friendly and revocable consent should be specified for any use of data beyond the permitted categories.

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