Health and MedTech Checkup: Your Data, Your Privacy

Written by Dana Abramovitz | Friday, Jan 29, 2016

2015 SX Health & MedTech Expo. Photo by Robert Ward. Tech gizmos and gadgets may be top of mind with updates and new products from digital health companies, many of whom will be exhibiting at the SX Health & MedTech Expo March 12 and 13 at the JW Marriott. But there is still some concern about security, safety, and all the data. Don’t worry, attending Health & MedTech programming at SXSW Interactive will help answer your questions and allay your fears. Here are some examples:

  • A hesitant entrepreneur, a nervous investor, or a concerned patient wondering whether a digital health app is safe or effective? Hear directly from the FDA, Dr. Bakul Patel, Associate Director for Digital Health at the FDA Center for Devices and Radiological Health, will discuss the FDA’s future plans for regulating digital health and their new policies designed to promote innovation while ensuring public safety.

  • With more devices and health-tracking wearables out on the market, there is rightfully so concern about collecting data, who has access to the data and what they are doing with it. In the session Consumer Reports: What’s Our Health Data Worth?, Consumer Reports Sr. Editor Teresa Carr, FTC Commissioner Julie Brill, industry expert Lygeia Ricciardi and patient advocate Sally Okun will discuss ideas for new regulations and best practices.

  • Staying away from medical devices altogether because you don’t want to be hacked? Hear from Dr. Kevin Fu, credited with creating the field of medical device security, in discussion with Dr. John Halamka, CIO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Mary Ward-Callan from IEEE discuss changes needed to protect medical devices from hackers.

There will be these and many more discussions about Health & MedTech at SXSW, so make sure to register to attend this year's event and join in the conversation!

Photo by Robert Ward.

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