Mobile health apps are exceedingly popular. They can be used to track disease exposure, as diagnostic devices or to simply make healthcare more accessible. Over 100,000 health apps exist on the iOS app store and Google Play combined and this number is expected to grow.1 By 2026, the mobile health app market is projected to reach $57.57 billion in value.2 Examples of mobile health apps include coronavirus proximity tracking apps, heart rate variability apps, symptom trackers, and stress reduction apps. The leading health apps are scientifically validated, federally approved, and may genuinely reduce needs for acute care. Yet, despite the fact that mobile health apps can deliver high value, their consumption could place your organization at risk of a security breach. Health apps often fail to include basic security protocols, some have malicious doppelgangers, others may perpetuate phishing attacks and yet others can introduce backdoors into your data.3
Given the nature of these issues, your organization should reassess mandated mobile health apps, reevaluate your app policies, and recalibrate your mobile security. The increasing ubiquity of mobile health apps means that mobile security is more important than ever before. Read on to learn more.
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