Apple has teamed up with the security firm Tresorit to boost the encryption of its CareKit medical platform.
As per report, Tresorit’s security technology, ZeroKit, will add user authentication. And, the end-to-end encryption will make the data more secure.
Apple to Boost Encryption of its CareKit Apps
“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,” the ZeroKit team wrote in a blog post on Apple’s CareKit blog – Mashable.
Though the end-to-end encryption is used for messaging, cloud storage along with other services, it hasn’t been completely implemented in healthcare apps.
“End-to-end encryption is used for cloud storage, messaging and other services but hasn’t been widely adopted in healthcare apps. Data is encrypted before it is uploaded to the cloud and that encryption key never leaves the user’s device. Our mission is to give the ability to developers to give privacy to you. Developers don’t want to see patients’ passwords.” – Tresorit senior vice president David Szabo said.
CareKit, which is an open-source platform, enables developers to create patient-focused apps. It’s health projects like diabetes care, home care.
CareKit is very helpful for both doctors and patients. While doctors are able to monitor patients with ease, patients are able to keep a track of their progress.
The back-end integration will assist the CareKit medical platform to be in compliance with the state privacy rules around patient information. However, patients won’t have the option to select whether or not to apply ZeroKit’s encryption tools.
Powered by the much-improved cloud security, the platform will become more secure and better.