Tuesday, March 10, 2015

How Secure Is Apple's ResearchKit?

When we reached Jennifer Kent, an analyst for Dallas-based research firm Parks Associates, she noted that Apple's ResearchKit software has the potential to transform the medical research space, particularly for disease states and conditions that receive little funding or that have relatively small patient populations.

"However," she said, "at the moment, health apps are not regulated in the same way that other medical software and devices are regulated," and that could become a problem for consumers.

Kent pointed out data from her firm's research finding that 35 percent of U.S. consumers in broadband households worry that their personal health information on health devices, apps, and portals will not remain confidential. She also noted that 15 percent of people who use connected health devices, such as heart rate monitors and even blood pressure cuffs, are concerned about companies selling their personal information to other companies.

From the article "How Secure Is Apple's ResearchKit?" by Dan Heilman.

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