Telehealth and remote patient monitoring services are exploding due to the current health crisis. The result is that enormous amounts of IoT collected data is creating new opportunities around analytics, machine learning, and actionable intelligence. However, to be able to use the collected data, compliance with HIPAA and GDPR regulations is required. Up until now developers of medical IoT devices needed to build these security measures from get-go. Now though, they can easily set up a collection conduit, designed for security and privacy that can transmit Protected Health Information (PHI) from IoT devices. The article that follows provides more details on how this works.
Every year, new IoT devices enter the healthcare market. Connecting those often requires device-specific platforms, making it difficult to scale, especially on patients with a combination of different systems.
HL7 FHIR, or Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources, is an open-standard data model for secure and private health data exchange. It allows the transfer of healthcare information between healthcare providers, patients, caregivers, payers, researchers, and anyone else involved in the healthcare ecosystem.
Microsoft Azure API for FHIR already provides a secure, simplified management solution for rapidly exchanging information between existing data sources, such as electronic health record systems and research databases.
Now, the Azure IoT Connector for FHIR (in preview) allows managing the ever-expanding personal biometric data resulting from the proliferation of wearables and other medical devices.