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Connected medical devices remotely monitoring patient data are exposed to various threats, including data breaches if the information is not properly encrypted, viruses and malware, device malfunction, etc.
As the demand for remote health-monitoring rises, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, frameworks and processes are required in order to evaluate the risks and benefits of connected sensor technologies at home. Patients and clinicians have to know that connected sensors, wearables, and other non-invasive remote measurement tools deployed in the field are secure.
Evaluating concerns such as data rights and security practices of health IoT products can be tricky and situation-specific.
The solution can be IoT privacy and security labels, which can be very effective in empowering consumers to make more informed decisions by providing transparency about product manufacturers’ stated practices.
An innovative IoT labeling system will find out the data rights and security practices of connected health sensors. A label is a warning system, guiding clinical research and care providers toward technology that meets a minimum threshold and highlighting potential speed bumps that can be addressed early.
Elektra Labs and Carnegie Mellon University researchers have contributed their research on an IoT Privacy and Security label as a blueprint. Elektra Labs is incorporating its own published “tech nutrition label” recommendations as well.
Elektra Labs is integrating the work into its proprietary, searchable catalog of 1000+ biosensors, called Atlas, which is currently the most comprehensive objective source of information on connected health sensors available, according to helpnetsecurity.com. The catalog supports clients through a five-point evaluation framework — including validation, usability, security, data rights and other major considerations for trusted usage — for selecting the technology that best fits their specific initiatives.