The Federal Trade Commission has been taking a tougher regulatory stance on healthcare information technology in recent years, in an effort to protect the privacy and security of consumer health data. A senior FTC official told Congress on Tuesday that lawmakers can expect to see more of the same.
Jessica Rich, director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, warned House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittees that because consumers are taking a more active role in managing their health data through mobile apps and wearable devices, this information is being collected, used and shared outside of doctors’ offices and other traditional medical contexts, putting consumers at risk.
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