Fresh from the exciting 2023 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, FormDr is excited about all of the new and innovative healthcare technology shown at the largest tech convention in the world. One of the primary topics of the convention was cybersecurity, and we were happy to see companies putting user data security as a top priority before they go to market. Here are some of the “best of the best” products we are most enthusiastic about, while also meeting the FormDr high standards for security and compliance.
CES Health Technology Wrap-up
Thousands of new tech products, from health wearables to smart toilets and robotic lawnmowers exhibited this year on the CES floor. Almost all of them rely on data from users or their environments, but not all of them address how they treat consumer data after it’s collected. The items highlighted here were different in that they transparently address compliance and data security, while offering value for the future of healthcare.
- Nobi, fall-detecting smart lamp with a mission to keep seniors safe in their home environments, is on target to be available for purchase in mid-2023. Nobi’s powerful smart processor analyzes images and alerts a specified list of contacts when those images indicate a possible fall.
What we liked: The information that Nobi detects isn’t sent to the cloud, unless it involves a fall. The resident selects who has permission to receive information and images.
- Pulse by Conneqt – the “World’s First Complete Arterial Health Monitor”- is a revolutionary blood pressure monitoring (and more) device for use by individuals, physicians, and hospitals. Via remote patient monitoring (RPM) this device accurately tracks relevant biomarkers that impact the heart health and other major organs. Another big bonus – it is physician reimbursable.
What we liked: Protection of PHI is at the forefront. From the Conneqt website: “Pulse provides a fully HIPAA compliant cloud-based ecosystem to remotely monitor patients at risk for cardiovascular disease.”
- Meet Aeo, a healthcare-minded robot that can help the care workforce. This futuristic (and cute!) robot can take on routine healthcare tasks like delivering samples within the hospital, disinfecting surfaces, monitoring for safety hazards for the elderly, and more.
What we liked: Aeo integrates with existing hospital technology and is HIPAA compliant.
- Whispp, a voice amplification app for patients who struggle to be heard, whether from illness, trauma, or the aging process.
What we liked: Their website mentions they follow GDPR compliance, which enforces the regulation and disclosure of if/how user data is stored and shared.
Not All are Winners.
In spite of their forward-thinking reputations, not all of the inspiring health technology at CES measured up when it comes to data security. In fact, some of them could potentially be digital privacy nightmares.
As a prime example, one of the top performers and most written about health technology devices at CES 2023, the Withings U-Scan, is also noted as one of the worst when it comes to privacy. The U-Scan is a urine sensor stores data indefinitely, and houses information about women’s monthly hormonal fluctuations. In a post-Roe v. Wade political environment, data like this left unprotected could potentially pose major privacy issues. Tech watchdog groups such as Consumer Reports, iFixit, and EFF joined with others to highlight the U-Scan as a “worst in show” due to its security issues.
As the leading provider of digital healthcare intake forms, FormDr takes HIPAA compliance and digital security seriously. Part of that task means staying on top of industry trends and technologies like those presented at CES this year. For more information about our HIPAA compliance, customizable form templates, and EHR integrations, contact us for a free demo.