Evaluating Digital Health Options: Three Tips to Keep Your Data Safe

During our October interview with Bethany Corbin from Nixon Gwilt Law, we learned a few tips for protecting your data while interacting with digital health tools and online platforms. With National Data Privacy Day around the corner, we’re highlighting three great ways to reduce the risk of your health data being exposed.

  1. Only use reputable sites and applications. Digital health is a rapidly growing industry with new technologies entering the market at record-breaking rates. While it may be tempting to check out the latest digital health tool or platform as soon as you learn about it, take the time to do your research before engaging. Check for customer reviews and online presence,and validate via the Better Business Bureau.
  2. Familiarize yourself with the tool’s privacy policy. Reading a company’s privacy policy isn’t very exciting, but it’s worth making an effort. Gain an understanding of the types of data the company collects and how and to whom it is disclosed. Contact their customer service department for clarification if you have questions or don’t clearly understand their policy.
  3. Be mindful of the information you share. If you have concerns or are worried about the consequences that could happen if your data were exposed, it’s best not to disclose it. With the inherent risk involved with technology, even companies with effective protection mechanisms can experience a data breach. When in doubt, don’t share.


  • Brandi Sinkfield

    Dr. Brandi, is a Board-Certified Anesthesiologist, who was inspired by her mother, a registered nurse who graduated with a degree in information technology. Through tough love and support from her father, extended family, and friends she attended Case Western Medical School and received her M.D. She completed residency training at Cleveland Clinic and dual fellowship training at Stanford Anesthesiology in Perioperative Management and Digital Health. Growing up she experienced the lack of transparency, shame and secrecy surrounding women’s health and body confidence driving her to imagine a pathway for her own daughter and other women to access information that empowers them and inspires confidence.