DUDE, WHERE’S MY HEALTH INFO?

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Congratulations! The app on your health device says your blood pressure is back to normal! Are you sure you’re the only one that knows about this?

According to a recent research by Parks Associates, approximately 23 percent of consumers have privacy and security concerns about using connected health devices and fitness tracking devices. Nearly 35 percent of consumers were concerned that their personal health information won't remain confidential online, the study said. In the wake of recent high-profile data hacks—including the February 2015 attack on Anthem Inc.’s database—safeguarding health information is becoming a top concern for consumers and health care organizations. 

For an in-depth analysis of privacy and security compliance enforcement in the health care industry, check out this free Bloomberg BNA report.

Now, you may be wondering, “how can I better protect my health information?” Well, knowledgeable professionals and government officials have been meeting every year to discuss exactly that.

In September, the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights will co-host the 8th annual conference, Safeguarding Health Information: Building Assurance Through HIPAA Security. The conference will explore the current state of health information security and various techniques for implementing the HIPAA Security Rule. 

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