Commercially available fitness and health wearables have been hitting the consumer market for the past several years. Devices like the Fitbit, Samsung’s wearables and the Apple watch have already made a huge splash in the fitness market. The companies claim that they are working towards HIPPA compliance. However, with the abundance of health data that is being collected from the users growing exponentially, it might be causing security concerns. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), PublicLaw 104-191, was enacted on August 21, 1996. Sections 261 through 264 of HIPAA require the Secretary of HHS to publicize standards for the electronic exchange, privacy and security of health information.
On the enterprise level, when it comes to healthcare practitioners using smart devices, they must be HIPAA compliant. Companies developing wearables for healthcare are adopting the HIPPA compliance but this is going to be challenging as data and security concerns grows. Perhaps the HIPAA compliance needs to adapt to the technological disruption healthcare wearables have already caused. This is debatable.
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