A new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) finds that many health apps may be sharing patients’ health data without their knowledge. Four-fifths of 211 diabetes apps examined did not have privacy policies. And in January 2016, Fitbit was slapped with a class-action lawsuit alleging that its heart rate monitoring technology is inaccurate. Fitbit’s technology works by using LED light to monitor blood flow through a user’s wrist, and algorithms then determine the heart rate.
Similar technology can be found in the Apple Watch and other fitness trackers. The JAMA study and FitBit lawsuit highlight issues of privacy and accuracy in health apps. Physicians and consumers would like to rely on digital health wearables and apps, but these products don’t always reach the proper privacy and clinical standards.Read More On hitconsultant.net