A number of apps for viewing X-ray images, ultrasound results, and for documenting anamnesis have already been approved by the FDA for use in the clinic. Of course, the area of data security plays an important role, even if the requirements in the USA are somewhat more lax than in Europe. This means that the introduction of these procedures will take some time until all relevant data security aspects have been clarified.
Data security in networked systems is an absolute must in medical technology. The relationship of trust between the patient and his doctor or the clinic can be severely damaged if there are security gaps in the transport, processing, and storage of personal data. Is it possible or necessary in the future for patient data to be stored in the cloud? What does the worldwide availability of his data in the network mean for the patient?
Advantages and disadvantages of global data availability
It can of course be of great advantage if you get into an emergency situation in a remote corner of the world and the doctor on-site can view the patient’s complete file and thus adapt his treatment accordingly, e.g. taking into account intolerance to drugs.
On the other hand, there is always the risk that this data will fall into the wrong hands and, in the worst case, can be manipulated and used specifically against the person. A very interesting and promising market is opening up here. Because the question is not whether this data will be available in the network, but when.
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Better prevention through medical gadgets
But what do these “gadgets” have to do with medical technology? The keyword is prevention. It’s about encouraging people to exercise more and lead a healthier lifestyle. This can significantly reduce the number of new cases of obesity, diabetes, and chronic back pain. This is best achieved with rewards and positive reinforcement.
With all of these apps, users have the opportunity to share their results on social networks. This creates a positive idea of competition, which is reinforced by rewards from the app manufacturers.