Health Apps Failing to Protect Data: Can You See an Opportunity Here?

Android and iOS app development professionals are taking notice of a recent report in Lifehacker about health apps. According to Lifehacker, most health apps aren’t actually protecting your data.

When you go to the doctor or other medical professionals, your data is protected. If you have an app that consolidates medical data from doctors’ offices, your data will usually be protected. But the new wave of health apps doesn’t protect a lot of personal details and data that you may enter.

Do you have a Fitbit or something similar? You are probably trying to get yourself healthier or lose some weight. You might be trying to fight diabetes or you may be older and trying to stave off the ravages of ageing.

You might have a fertility app and are entering details about your sex life. Maybe you have one of numerous training apps that are more serious than Fitbit. You could have one of the many diet apps that are out there.

We are only scratching the surface here, but we are doing this for a reason. Do you know what all of these apps have in common? They can sell your information to anyone who wants to buy it. They are also under no obligation to make or keep your data secure. Think about that. They have your health data and can do whatever they want with it.

Opportunity Knocks

Can you see the opportunity here? The health app field may seem crowded, but what if you decided to make a series of ordinary but functional health apps that protected users’ data? If your app both kept data secure and promised never to sell consumer information, it would be a great way to separate yourself from the competition.

It’s the same thing we have said since day one: find a problem enough people will pay you to solve and solve it with an app. It’s the simplest formula in the world and it has made a lot of people rich.

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