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The GetHealth data breach and what it means for consumer health apps and devices

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The GetHealth data breach and what it means for consumer health apps and devices

September 22, 2021

The GetHealth data breach and what it means for consumer health apps and devices

Last week, a database that was not password protected exposed more than 61 million records containing data from fitness trackers and wearables, including Apple HealthKit and Fitbit. On today's HIMSSCast a team of HIMSS Media editors — host Jonah Comstock, MobiHealthNews Managing Editor Laura Lovett, MobiHealthNews Senior Editor Emily Olsen, and Healthcare IT News Executive Editor Mike Miliard —talk about the developing story and try to put it in the context of digital health and health IT news trends.

Talking points:

  • The GetHealth data breach: What happened?
  • The FTC response — enforcement and clarification of breach notification rules
  • Consumerized health plays catch-up with HIPAA
  • How this news affects other trends like Apple health sharing
  • Apple’s recent spyware breach
  • Why your health data is valuable to bad actors
  • Lessons learned from this data breach and questions going forward
  • Affect on consumer trust and lessons for consumers
  • What comes next? 

More about this episode:

Fitbit, Apple fitness tracker data exposed on unprotected database

FTC says it will fine digital health companies that don't disclose data breaches

FTC warns connected device orgs: Comply with breach rule, or pay up

Apple releases emergency update to fix spyware vulnerability

Apple's health data sharing feature now live

HIMSSCast: What the new info blocking rules mean for you — with Deven McGraw

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