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Digital medicine part 3: Securing against cyber threats

From drug developers all the way to providers, it’s key to find secure ways to access and use data to improve human health, all while protecting individuals’ privacy.

When rapidly evolving technology is applied to something as valuable as human life, new problems are inevitable. Situations that we’ve never had to consider have the potential to disrupt technological progress or thwart long-held ideas and values. That’s the case of privacy today. The idea that personal information, from health records and fitness data, to where we go and what we buy, cannot only be tracked, but aggregated and used to paint an alarmingly complete picture of our lives is reality today. That presents both amazing opportunities and amazing challenges for the healthcare industry, from drug developers all the way to providers, to find secure ways to access and use that data to improve human health, all while protecting individuals’ privacy.

As difficult as it may be to imagine the future of technology, it can be equally hard—if not harder—to imagine what securing that future technology looks like. And, discussions about what health security means to individuals take on as many definitions as the number of people you ask. Concerns range from how the data collected by apps will be secured to how to prevent hospital data from being hacked and how to prevent (or contain) the next pandemic. Security and privacy are therefore changing as rapidly as science itself.

To learn more, download the new Digital Medicine 2018 Report: Part 3 – Securing Against Cyber Threats, produced by EBD Group in partnership with Demy-Colton. Be sure to review the other reports in this series. Report One discusses the regulatory environment for digital medicine, and Report Two discusses the surfeit of cash that is lifting the biotech sector. To learn more about the fast-growing, disruptive area of digital medicine, join EBD Group at the Digital Medicine & Medtech Showcase, January 7–9, 2019 in San Francisco.