Dr. Ernie Chang presented at the 2016 BCATPR Workshop - The ins and outs of privacy and security for managing patient care. Thank you to everyone who made it out to this year's event!
Pokemon Go has taken the mobile world by storm and has been able to achieve what health apps have been trying to do for years: to get people out and moving, without monetary incentives. It does this by being based on intermittent reinforcement, open-ended goals, and putting the game first, with exercise and social interaction being secondary byproducts.
The game shows us the beginning of things to come in mobile technology and health: augmented reality, the Internet of Things, fifth generation (5G) wireless networks, and the need to resolve issues around privacy and security.
A new report based out of Dartmouth College is proposing a number of research challenges related to privacy and security in mobile health. The authors suggest that improvements in these areas are essential to realizing the full potential of mHealth. For example, users should be able to specify how their personal health information will be used.
Read the report for a detailed outline of the challenges in the area of data sharing and consent management; access control and authentication; confidentiality and anonymity; mHealth smartphone apps; policies and compliance; accuracy and data provenance; and security technology.
A recent study from the University of Virginia tested the feasibility of a mobile tablet-based system for stroke diagnoses. Ambulances equipped with tablets allowed emergency medical service providers to connect to neurologists while on-route to the hospital. Such a system could save valuable brain time following strokes, particularly in rural areas.
Similar mobile stroke units were tested in Alberta last year. However, these ambulances were equipped with a CT scan and came at a cost of more than $3 million.
The BC Ministry of Health is partnering with TELUS to expand a pilot home health monitoring program. The program was already received favourably by patients with heart failure in select areas of BC. The new phase will offer home health monitoring to patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease in Island Health as well as those transitioning from hospital to home in Vancouver Coastal Health.