Privacy Policies of Android Diabetes Apps and Sharing of Health Information
Privacy Policies of Android Diabetes Apps and Sharing of Health Information, JAMA. 2016;315(10):1051-1052. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.19426, March 8, 2016.
This march 2016 study examines the privacy risks and the relationship between privacy disclosures and practices of health apps.
Mobile health apps can help individuals manage chronic health conditions. One-fifth of smartphone owners had health apps in 2012, and 7% of primary care physicians recommended a health app. The US Food and Drug Administration has approved the prescription of some apps.
Health Apps May Share Your Data, Study Finds, livescience, March 08, 2016.
Health apps can transmit sensitive medical data, including disease status and medication compliance. Privacy risks and the relationship between privacy disclosures and practices of health apps are understudied.
Once sensitive medical information is leaked, then the consumer has totally lost control over it and they can never take it back
Our Bodies, Our Apps: For the Love of Period-Trackers
My 18-year-old daughter knows exactly when it will be that time of the month. Since June, she’s been plugging the dates of her menstrual cycle into a popular period tracking app, and has it programmed to send her an alert every month, two days before her next period is due.
There are over 200 different period tracker apps to choose from, and they are immensely popular.
How Period Trackers Have Changed Girl Culture, nytimes, NOVEMBER 12, 2015
Our Bodies, Our Apps: For the Love of Period-Trackers, nytimes, JANUARY 23, 2014.
Dr Now: the smartphone app that puts you in touch with a GP – for a fee
A UK tech firm is offering video consultations with doctors via mobile phone. The revolutionary Dr Now(®) platform connects patients with qualified GPs through remote video consultation to “give them the medical diagnosis they need, when they need it“.
The Dr Now website, which boasts it is the world’s first website to diagnose and deliver medicine, even has a corporate page that lets businesses calculate potential cost savings, based on the number of staff and average salary. It is in discussions with several big pharmaceutical companies.
Sources and more information
Dr Now: the smartphone app that puts you in touch with a GP – for a fee, theguardian, 2 August 2015.
The use of modern technologies for health-related applications is on the rise
The use of modern technologies for health-related applications is on the rise. The continued miniaturization of components and reduced manufacturing costs are helping to push mobile health into the mainstream. Indeed, the industry is projected to grow by leaps and bounds in the coming years.
The Yellow Card is a free smartphone app for reporting suspected side effects (or adverse drug reactions) to the UK’s Yellow Card Scheme. Created in collaboration with the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), the UK government medicines watchdog, the Yellow Card Smartphone App is the only health app that allows you to report medicine side effects directly to the Yellow Card Scheme to help the MHRA ensure they are acceptably safe for patients. Users can select specific medicines or vaccines to track and receive news and alerts about them.
Yellow Card Smartphone App Key Features
provide a convenient alternative to using paper Yellow Card forms or the Yellow Card website
the app is free to use for everyone on iOS and Android
is easy to use for reporting side effects directly to the Yellow Card Scheme
enables users to:
create a ‘watch list’ of medications to receive official news and alerts on
view numbers of Yellow Cards received by MHRA for medicines of interest
see immediate response that shows Yellow Card has been accepted
submit updates to Yellow Cards already submitted
view previous Yellow Cards submitted through the app
Mick Foy, Group Manager for MHRA’s Vigilance and Risk Management of medicines division said:
” The contribution of patients, careers and healthcare professionals alike in reporting suspected side effects to the Yellow Card Scheme is vital. The evidence helps MHRA detect safety issues and take the necessary action to keep the public safe.
Moving Yellow Card onto a mobile app is a logical progression in this digital age, allowing us to build on the existing website to improve user engagement. It offers some good functionality to access further safety information, and it will continue to evolve over the course of the WEB-RADR project based on user feedback. “
Life Sciences Minister George Freeman MP commented:
” The Yellow Card Scheme has played a vital role in the safety of medicines for the last 50 years and the launch of this new mobile app brings it into the 21st century.
By making the scheme accessible to researchers, healthcare professionals and millions of patients, it will not only improve the safety of reporting but ultimately better protect people’s health and support research in the NHS. “
More info and videos
Download the free app on iTunes and GooglePlay to easily report drug side effects directly to the Yellow Card Scheme via your cell phone or tablet.
Digital evolution for ground-breaking Yellow Card Scheme, GOV.UK press release, 14 July 2015.
George Freeman talks about the benefits of the new health app from the UK MHRA
In this video published by MHRAgovuk on 14 Jul 2015 , George Freeman talks about the benefits of the UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency new Yellow Card free app.
More info and videos
The new Yellow Card smartphone app supplements an existing one-stop website and is the only app that allows patients, carers and healthcare professionals to report medicine side effects directly to the Yellow Card Scheme to help MHRA ensure they are acceptably safe for patients. Users can select specific medicines or vaccines to track and receive news and alerts about them.