Technology has taken position in the front seat of the home care industry vehicle. When the federal government passed the Affordable Care Act in 2010, more commonly referred to as Obamacare, it had to make fiscal room so it initiated a series of Medicaid cuts for reimbursements to the home health care industry. As a result, many technological firms begin developing apps and other devices that could help improve communication, monitoring, and even finding the right services for clients in need.
While technology has certainly become an important factor among some home health care agencies and providers, there is still a significant and serious question that lingers over the entire process. That question involves privacy concerns.
According to The Wall Street Journal article, Blood Pressure, Baby’s Pulse, Sperm Potency: Home Health Devices Are Tracking More Than Ever, written by Katherine Bindley:
“As for the current limitations, she said, privacy is one of several.
“There isn’t an open ecosystem of data exchange,” Ms. Ask said. There may be one-off apps or services, but there is nothing broader reaching. “I have no way to share my data with my doctor, I have no way of giving it to him in a way that’s encrypted and that’s private.” And many doctors might not want it, she added, preferring their own measurements instead.
She also said healthy people will continue to represent the biggest adopters of these consumer health products, especially fitness wearables with ever-deeper health data capabilities.
“More often than not, the people wearing more advanced devices aren’t the ones that need them,” said Ms. Ask.”
It is no secret that many large companies with advanced technological security measures in place have become victimized by hacks, mistakes, and other attacks and had sensitive client information either stolen or easily accessible by nefarious organizations.
Having private information exposed in such a manner can cause hardships in many different ways. Some have fought for years to regain their credit score and reputation after identity theft. Others have lost money through credit card and ATM fraud. What happens, though, if these security breaches involve sensitive and highly personal information, such as medical records, health issues, and so forth?
This is just one of many serious questions technology firms have to grapple with. Some doctors refuse to rely on third-party monitoring devices because they have their own reputation on the line and don’t know or trust those devices just yet, either to monitor blood pressure, glucose levels, heart rate, and so forth. Some doctors also remain skeptical about the security of sending information of such a vital nature across their networks.
Technology will become more integral in the home care process, but security remains an important issue to resolve.