In the article “How Healthcare is Tackling Patient Privacy in a Post-Roe World,” privacy, cybersecurity and data strategy partner Doriann Cain spoke to HealthITSecurity about how the Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization will require providers, regulators and tech companies to rethink patient privacy.
Regarding health app privacy concerns, Cain said, “Privacy policies and the type of language used in them pre-Dobbs decision may not have been clear, or individuals didn’t really read them.” She added, “Now, we are seeing individuals calling out certain practices. It will really put a spotlight on these mobile apps.”
Cain suggested that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) would crack down on the data privacy of mobile apps in the coming months. “You have a push for federal privacy law, a push to get Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act revised, and a push to get the FTC more involved, especially on the mobile application side,” she noted.
In conclusion, Cain explained, “For these entities collecting information, understanding what laws are applicable to them is going to be a big deal. It will really dictate how they can collect this information and what they can do with it.”