Journal:International Journal of Telerehabilitation
Year, Volume, Issue, Page(s):17, 9, 2, 12-Mar
Article presents several types of authentication methods available to smartphone users to help ensure security of sensitive data from attackers and describes the applications of these authentication methods in telehealth. Specific to telehealth, use of mobile health (mHealth) apps for telehealth services has expanded in recent years. A plethora of mHealth apps are available to download to smartphones that can help patients be more aware and in control of their healthcare. When smartphones are used to conduct telehealth services, sensitive data is invariably accessed, rendering the devices in need of user authentication to ensure data protection. User authentication of smartphones can help mitigate potential Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) breaches and keep sensitive patient information protected, while also facilitating the convenience of smartphones within everyday life and healthcare.