Technology’s ever onward progress has led to the development of mobile “apps”. Software program packages that are developed to run on a computer or mobile device to realize a specific purpose are defined as “apps”. The rapid assimilation of mobile devices into medical practice has been guided by the rising availability and ever-improving quality of healthcare software applications.
A landmark piece of legislation in the healthcare industry is the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996. It was primarily introduced to address the issue of insurance coverage for those who are changing their jobs. Over the years, several amendments have been made to the act.
Now, it governs the security of protected healthcare information and restricts unauthorized access to healthcare data to ensure the prevention of healthcare fraud.
Medical applications of mHealth apps can range from prescribing, diagnosis and treatment, practice management, drug reference guides, calorie calculators, to simple health exams, such as hearing, vision, and speech tests. The introduction of HIPAA has helped the healthcare industry in numerous ways. Its most significant contribution has been helping the industry transition from paper records of patient health information to digital copies.
This has enabled hospitals to streamline their administrative healthcare functions and improve the efficiency of their organization. But most importantly HIPAA has ensured that a patient’s healthcare information is protected. HIPAA is extremely beneficial to patients as well. Without it, healthcare organizations would not be required to safeguard the patient’s healthcare information.
The healthcare service providers would not have faced any repercussions even if sensitive health information was exposed or stolen. HIPAA strictly controls who has access to health data and even patients can decide who their data is shared with.
HIPAA is important as it amasses information from service providers that have a wider scope and is not limited to direct service providers.
We all know technology is never immune to abuse. Smartphones can be stolen or hacked and thus unauthorized access to sensitive information is always a possibility. This can lead to classified knowledge protected by HIPAA to be easily compromised. This is why we at Mindbowser undertake continuous efforts to be certain that our security measures are up to standard. We achieve this by following a series of measures outlined as follows:
HIPAA has developed a series of tests that need to be cleared before any application can be deployed. We at Mindbowser always aim to pass all of the tests placed. We avoid making common mistakes by meticulous planning. Data security is preserved by augmenting various security tools available to us
Smartphone devices are vulnerable to viruses and hacking threats that enable push notifications. In accordance with HIPAA, Mindbowser ascertains that our applications never send unnecessary push notifications to our users.
Based on the current state of our application development and the estimated plan, there is another set of rules created by HIPAA. We double-check to make sure that we follow those rules:
The primary purpose of the Privacy Rule is to incorporate events where someone shares information.
Security rules control how the data is stored securely over any electronic device.
The Enforcement rule outlines how effectively HIPAA laws are being followed by our application.
Breach Notification Rule administers how unwarranted notifications are being handled in case of a hacking attempt.
Our engineers develop mhealth apps for iOS and Android Mobile platforms using native as well as hybrid technologies. We have integrated apps with Apple HealthKit, Fitbit and other hardware devices. We provide end-to-end healthcare app development solutions to simplify booking doctors appointments.
Mindbowser’s mHealth app developers build healthcare applications with several benefits, for both doctors and patients. The convenience and connectivity that mHealth provides have the potential to improve quality of life when used appropriately.
E-patient portal apps and mHealth apps can facilitate research and communication. Doctors can now prescribe wearables and apps to track medication adherence and treatment. With refined video and audio capabilities, mHealth apps and programs can aid people with disabilities or users in remote locations to access medical care at their ease. Further, apps can increase a company’s reputation and revenue.
Actually, mHealth app development is transforming the future of routine clinical care and medical research. With a boost in the use of smart devices, doctors and patients are now relying on health apps to facilitate diagnosis and treatment. Mindbowser’s mHealth app developers work with health professionals, regulatory bodies, and users to create effective and original mHealth apps as just one button can save a life and change healthcare practices worldwide.
Abiding by HIPAA rules is imperative for healthcare-oriented applications. Obeying HIPAA prescribed standards ensures safeguarding your application from legal repercussions. A lot of work needs to be put in for a mHealth application to fully conform with HIPAA. Developers need to factor in the aforementioned points to maintain proper compliance. Preserving confidential information is of utmost importance for medical application development. At Mindbowser, we provide HIPAA approved healthcare solutions.