Mobile Health Apps and Privacy – Protecting Your Data

Mobile Health Apps and Privacy – Protecting Your Data

Did You Know that mobile health apps are less likely than your average app to collect and transmit personal user data?

There has been a plethora of digital health apps created since the start of the pandemic. Unfortunately, some of the digital apps created raise concerns regarding the privacy and security of personal data. Although there are some serious problems with inconsistent privacy practices in mHealth apps, the recent BMJ analysis found that mHealth apps classed as Medical collected less user data than other types of mobile apps.

It is Time to Take Control of Our Own Health Data

With accelerated innovations in digital health, we now have the choice to store our test results or any other personal health information in a secure digital format.

Individuals should be aware of the pros and cons of downloading and using mHealth apps to store their medical data.

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Adam Palmer, Founder & Chief Innovation Officer of Tento Applied Sciences, has explained how innovations in health technology may ensure self-sovereign identity.

“The biggest challenge facing data privacy is trust. Innovations in health technology must ensure self-sovereign identity. This means the data that is being held about an individual is owned by the individual and stored on their device. The data can be delivered from healthcare professionals to the device in an encrypted format, and the user chooses how they share their own information.

“It’s prudent to select applications that use cryptographic hashing and anonymous ID to ensure that information remains private and secure. Users will need to have control over what they share, so all data must be stored on the users’ device via a temporary QR code that expires after several seconds.

“For healthcare apps, there has to be a guaranteed ‘trust chain’ so that test results leaving a medical establishment can make their way securely to a person’s digital health application.

App Privacy and Data Collection

There may be cases whereby a company could be obliged to collect some personal data to comply with Government guidance. With accelerated innovations in digital health, we now have the choice to store our test results, or any other personal health information in a secure digital format.  Whilst at the same time, have control of when and where our data is shared.

Adam Palmer adds: “It is important that you can choose digital health wallets that are built with encrypted security and have been approved for medical record-keeping. This means choosing apps that have gone through rigorous validation and regulatory approvals and will be listed in the app stores under the medical record-keeping or healthcare categories”.

Whether your business is choosing a technology partner, or you are looking for a mobile health app for personal need, investigate whether and what user data are collected by mobile application developers. Most of us never review the privacy policy and list of data collected by the developer in the App Stores. However, some developers do not collect any data from the app and there is a simple way to check this (shown here).

Choose the secure one and take control of your data.

Tento Wallet does not collect user data

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