ONC is also hosting an informational webinar on Thursday, January 12, 2017 from 2:00-3:00pm ET. Register for the webinar.
As the ONC team explains, ” More and more individuals are obtaining access to their electronic health information and using consumer health technology to manage this information. As retail products that collect digital health data directly from consumers are used, such as exercise trackers, it is increasingly important for consumers to be aware of companies’ privacy and security policies and information sharing practices. Health technology developers can use the Mobile Privacy Notice to easily enter their information practices and produce a notice to allow consumers to quickly learn and understand privacy policies, compare company policies, and make informed decisions”.
FPF also released a best practices that responsible companies can follow to ensure they provide practical privacy protections for consumer-generated health and wellness data. The document was produced with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and incorporates input from a wide range of stakeholders including companies, advocates, and regulators.
Fitness and wellness data from apps and wearables provide significant benefits for users, but it is essential that companies incorporate Fair Information Practice Principles to safeguard this data.