As our world gets ever more digitized, its natural to assume that we will be gravitating towards the Internet to keep up with our health more and more. Pew Internet Research has a study out today that shows 15% of Internet users track weight, diet and exercise online while 17% also have tracked other health issues online.
And there are lots of resources, both personal and general, online for keeping tabs on one’s health. CalorieKing.com is a resource for finding nutrition information about foods we eat. WebMD set the standard over a decade ago for medical information online. Meanwhile, many doctors offices have begun the switch to online records keeping.
But there’s a problem. As we become more acclimated to viewing health information online, there does not seem to be the same evolution in health data security. At least one report recently discovered that many subcontracting web development companies were completely unaware of HIPPA law and how it affected what they provided on sites. It further notes that 11 million people have been affected by data security breaches in health care information since 2009.