Moving towards more wearable / quantified self apps, my plan is to create an mHealth only password strategy.
The reason: Symantec's study of available devices and apps. Some apps - transmitted sensitive data like username and passwords in clear text; used very low level and easily crackable types of security; exposed other personal information like email addresses.
Good article by iMedicalApps http://www.imedicalapps.com/2014/08/risky-behavior-health-tracking-quantified-self-apps-devices-play-loose-data/
Encouraged; Google Fit building a platform to aggregate my health data, so I can auto load my health information into my PHIEx.
Concerns; HIPAA compliance. Are they profiting on the data? Pharmas and insurance companies pay big $ for specific search terms... $43 for "self-employed health insurance". Pharma pays big for diabetes, Lipitor, etc.
- Draws blood using a finger stick and not a syringe.
- Can process my results with a small amount of blood.
- I can go to a pharmacy drawing station.
- Costs less.
But what got my attention were these statements: “we believe you have the right to your own health information” and “answers at the speed of digital.”
Will be pushing my physician for Theranos the next time I need
Update: I've been to Theranos several times. Never had a finger-stick blood draw, some analyts were resulted by a different lab (UCSF), Theranos' online site did not provide an XML (discrete data) export, and they are having trouble with the FDA. Wow. Disappointed,
Hope this is just a technology that is just a little to early. Really want to draw/test my blood multiple times a year. On my own schedule, without a Dr's order... Someday....