According to the council’s reports, the HIPAA act does not cover the mHealth apps, also known as the mobile health applications. This is potentially problematic, since the above is true regardless of whether the app handles or stores an individual’s personal health information.
In other words, these apps do not have the obligation to safeguard your personal information like a doctor should.
The AMA council wants to make data security and patient privacy a priority from now on. Some of the changes to the mHealth apps have already been proposed.
First and foremost, the mHealth apps should respect the local laws and regulations, including the associated devices, sensors, and trackers. Efforts will be made to educate patients on what kind of data the mHealth apps collect, and how it can be used.
Furthermore, the association will encourage the mHealth app community to work with AMA. They want to prioritise transparency and develop some solid principles around it. Finally, physicians will be encouraged to inform patients of the potential data security risks as well as the benefits associated with using mHealth apps.
Other proposals have also been made with similar goals in mind, however, the above-mentioned ones are of the highest significance. The main idea is to have these apps abide by the local laws and regulations where the patient receives services facilitated by this technology.