With data breaches on the rise, the FTC is looking to make health apps more accountable for telling patients when their data has been exposed.
The FTC released a new statement specifying that all health apps that capture sensitive patient information notify users, the commission itself and in some cases the media when a security breach has compromised identifiable health data. If the company fails to do so it could face a fine of $43,792 per day of violation. [Read more…] about The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) hardens data security rules for health apps and devices
We hope you enjoy this slidedeck supporting a fascinating talk at the 2019 SharpBrains Virtual Summit: The Future of Brain Health (March 7–9th). Full recordings are available for purchase here.
8–8.30am. Outsmarting Smart Technology to Reclaim our Health and Focus
- Dr. Margaret Morris, clinical psychologist, author of Left to Our Own Devices and former senior researcher at Intel
I’m excited to share that the upcoming 2019 SharpBrains Virtual Summit will feature, on May 8th, a fascinating presentation and discussion with Dr. Margaret Morris, who spent 13 years as a researcher at Intel and recently wrote a very timely book — Left to Our Own Devices: Outsmarting Smart Technology to Reclaim Our Relationships, Health, and Focus (MIT Press, 2018).
Please learn more about the fantastic Summit Agenda and consider joining us!
To better understand Dr. Morris’ work and insights you can read this great book review over at Psychiatric Times:
Morris is a skillful storyteller and takes that challenge to task. Across eight easy-to-read chapters, she illustrates how people, most likely younger users, “hack” technologies to foster connection, mindfulness, and well-being. The chapters are centered around a collection of personal narratives from people who personalized their digital devices and experience positive results. Morris records these stories with a gentle, engaging, and upbeat tone that requires no formal background in either mental health or technology … This book is a good read for today’s digital health initiatives and for clinicians hoping to keep up to date in current trends in mental health technology. It reminds us that putting a device in a patient’s hands will often lead to outcomes that we could never have imagined. It also pokes holes in the once reigning view that robotics and chatbots are dehumanizing and antisocial. If anything, the narratives suggest that technology can help patients monitor their emotional states and improve sharing and connections. The book underscores how useful it is to study how patients use apps in real-world settings and to learn from their lived experiences.
“WHEN BAKUL PATEL started as a policy advisor in the US Food and Drug Administration in 2008, he could pretty much pinpoint when a product was going to land in front of the reviewers in his division. Back when medical devices were heavy on the hardware—your pacemakers and your IUDs—it would take manufacturers years to get them ready for regulatory approval. FDA reviewers could keep up pretty well [Read more…] about The FDA creates new Digital Health unit to reimagine regulatory paths in the age of scalable, AI-enhanced innovation
“To interact with a computer, users generally type on a keyboard, swipe their fingers across a screen or speak a voice command. What if, instead, the machine simply responded to their thoughts? [Read more…] about Next: Consumer-facing neurotechnologies to augment everyday work and life