Apple beefing up privacy options on its CareKit platform

Apple has partnered with security firm Tresorit to offer developers using Apple's CareKit platform increased privacy options, helping reach HIPAA compliance, reports Mashable.

CareKit is a tool for assisting people in taking an active role in their care. iPhone apps using the kit make it easier for individuals to keep track of care plans and monitor symptoms and medication; providing insights that help people better understand their own health. With the ability to share information with doctors, nurses or family members, CareKit apps help people take a more active role in their health.

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Tresorit's security technology, called ZeroKit, will offer user authentication for patients and healthcare workers, end-to-end encryption of health data, and "zero knowledge" sharing of health data, in which data isn't shared with any service as it transfers. According to Tresorit, No cryptography expertise needed to use ZeroKit in your CareKit or any other apps.

When it comes to HIPAA compliance, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), sets the standard for protecting sensitive patient data. Any company that deals with protected health information (PHI) must ensure that all the required physical, network, and process security measures are in place and followed.