There are many new wearable electronic devices recording medical data in real-time. Fitness tracking bracelets, touchscreen smartwatches, strap-on heart rate and blood pressure monitors, smartphone fitness apps, and haptic inner soles linked by Bluetooth to the smartphone are all recording our daily biological activity.
These devices can help improve human lives and at the same time they represent a privacy nightmare as some of the most intimate activities of our life are recorded in real-time (check Medical Data: Hackers’ Holy Grail?). If data collection process is not controlled, then data brokers can use collected data in any manner they wish. They can sell it to merchants targeting you with specific products, to the insurance companies wanting to know your health status, and they can create massive databases that compiled with other sources can affect many aspects of our life. Future employment and insurance applications can be affected by the non-consensual use of our medical data. Unqualified use of the medical data generated by the wearable devices can also produce a false or inadequate picture of one’s health.
Health insurance companies have started to give discounts on insurance rates to their clients who can prove that they are pursuing a healthy lifestyle. Corporate healthcare insurance plans are also looking at wearable devices to reduce their insurance cost. Wearable electronics have been identified as one of the most important sources of the person’s daily activity. In order to prevent fraudulent and unauthorized use of our medical data, trusted and secure environment is required to store and distribute collected medical data.
METTCARE eXchange is a trusted data broker guaranteeing that your private medical data stays private and that it cannot be used and distributed without your consent. It can store your medical data in your personal repository or redirect it to your family physician’s database where applicable. Having your personal medical data interpreted by a qualified healthcare provider is obviously the right thing to do.