Because health information is so personal, it is of the utmost importance that RPM products respect data integrity and user privacy. NFC technology is engineered to address these needs. The short-range technology intrinsic to NFC strengthens RPM devices against man-in-the-middle cybersecurity attacks, protecting the transmission of data from the device to healthcare providers. In addition, to protect user privacy, RPM devices are not “always-on”: because of NFC’s touch paradigm, users must interact with their mobile devices before data transmission can take place. NFC also supports offline sensors so it only connects with explicit user intent. This way, patients can feel safe knowing their confidential medical information is only “up for transmission” when they tell it to be.
The future of RPM devices using NFC technology is seemingly boundless. As more people become conscious of the benefits of monitoring their health and use tele-health to do so, health product manufactures and clinical practitioners are looking at RPM devices as an inexpensive, safe and accurate way to stay on top of health monitoring. The RPM market is expected to grow 6.2% annually over the next five years as more doctors and patients catch on to this emerging innovation. Within time, expect to see wearable health sensors everywhere as NFC-equipped technology continues to enable people to stay on top of their health.