Apple Teams Up With Security Firm to Bolster Encryption Across Its CareKit Medical Platform

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Apple has partnered with security firm Tresorit so that developers using Apple's CareKit platform will have access to increased privacy options (via Mashable).

Tresorit's security technology, ZeroKit, will bring user authentication to patients and healthcare workers, while its end-to-end encryption smarts promise "zero knowledge" sharing of health data. The ZeroKit team announced the partnership in a blog post on Apple's CareKit blog.

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"Apple designed the iOS platform and CareKit with security at its core. When building apps where data is shared across devices and with other services, developers want to extend this security to the cloud. This is exactly what ZeroKit does."

CareKit is Apple's open-source platform aimed at making it easer for developers and health care professionals to build health apps via a number of integrations, like monitoring of medical symptoms, sending images of an injury, and keeping tabs on medication schedules.

CareKit also offers two-way benefits, as it not only helps doctors monitor patients but also allows patients to observe their progress over time. While patients won't get to choose whether to apply ZeroKit's encryption tools, the back-end integration will allow Apple's platform to fall in line with state privacy rules around patient information.

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Sasparilla Avatar
53 months ago
Nice to see Apple doing this. I love that they think this kind of stuff through and put money and effort into things like this.

The whole digitization of U.S. medical records is well intentioned, but most doctors offices haven't a clue or want to spend the money/effort on real security (they're overwhelmed with their business as it is)...so I would expect this to be a whole new area of data theft as time goes on and the value of people's private medical records becomes more visible.
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