#Enigma2022: Security's Role in Helping HealthTech Find Its Way
Securing healthcare technologies is critical to human health and safety, not just in the medical setting but also with consumer HealthTech.
In an afternoon session on February 3 at the Engima 2022 conference, Joy Forsythe, director of security at Alto Pharmacy, explained that HealthTech is a growing area of healthcare products and services targeted at consumers that are available outside traditional medical establishments. HealthTech can include online medical services and both software and hardware-based human health monitoring technologies.
Forsythe pointed out that any information collected about a person's health by a healthcare provider or medical professional that has a direct relationship with a patient is often considered in the US to be protected health information. The US Government rules to protect such information is referred to HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act).
She noted that it's not always clear what rules apply when it comes to HealthTech services and devices.
Forces Impacting Security in the Healthcare Ecosystem
Forsythe identified regulations as critical among the primary forces that impact security across the healthcare landscape.
While HIPAA outlines user privacy, other regulations include guidance on security practices issued