Data privacy laws are evolving and industry best practices are changing. One very important privacy question for healthcare tech development or any software development group is this:
Which safeguards are being applied to ensure that all staff across the board are trained and strictly enforce data privacy rules?
To answer the question, Privacy by Design should be addressed and applied. Every software development or mobile app development company should incorporate privacy by design from the very beginning of the project.
Don’t wait until your product is released to deal with non-compliance consequences from regulatory bodies like the FTC which has already called for privacy by design, simplified choices and greater transparency. It is in your best interest to include privacy by design from inception through deployment and usability. Privacy by design eliminates a lot of potential data privacy headaches and in some cases, will reveal never-thought-of issues.
Who is responsible for ensuring that privacy by design is embedded in the development lifecycle?
Unless your product development managers, project managers or whoever is responsible for the product is trained and well-versed in data privacy and protection laws, you should hire a data privacy consultant from the start to finish of the project. He or she should have a clear understanding of applicable privacy regulations and some good technical knowledge.
The use of big data is the norm in the healthcare industry and it is expected that personally identifiable info will be processed across different channels and will pass through many hands. Therefore, deal with data privacy issues before the fact and not after which is the underlying concept behind privacy by design (PbD). In the software development process, tech teams should be proactive and preventative, not reactive or remedial. Don’t take any chances or your organization risks being fined heavily.
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