Sharon Klein

Sharon Klein

Pepper Hamilton LLP

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Beyond HIPAA: Connected Health Care and the Internet of Things

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Staff Report titled "Internet of Things: Privacy & Security in a Connected World," released in January 2015, continues to generate interest and questions about the regulation of health...more

4/15/2015 - FTC Healthcare HIPAA HITECH Internet of Things PHI Popular Security and Privacy Controls

Recent Changes to California Medical Information Privacy Laws Create More Flexibility and Give Rise to Increased Enforcement

Under California Health & Safety Code (HSC) sections 1280.15(a) and (b), California licensed clinics, hospitals, home health agencies and hospices are required to prevent “unlawful or unauthorized access to, and use or...more

1/7/2015 - Health & Safety Standard Healthcare Facilities HIPAA Home Health Agencies Hospice Hospitals New Legislation Patient Confidentiality Breaches PHI Reporting Requirements

Connecticut Supreme Court Allows Plaintiffs to Circumvent HIPAA’s No Private Right of Action Clause

In an opinion released on November 11, the Connecticut Supreme Court ruled on whether the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) and its implementing regulations preempt a common law claim for...more

11/26/2014 - Breach of Contract Class Action Data Breach Health Care Providers HIPAA Negligence Negligent Infliction of Emotional Distress Patient Confidentiality Breaches PHI Popular Private Right of Action

NIST Proposes Privacy Control Roadmap For Organizations

In an age in which safeguarding the privacy of a person’s information is becoming increasingly challenging, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) encourages organizations to devote time and resources to...more

6/14/2013 - Cybersecurity Data Protection HIPAA HITECH NIST Personally Identifiable Information Risk Mitigation

The Omnibus Final HIPAA Rule Is Here

On January 17, 2013, the Office of Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the omnibus final rulemaking (Omnibus Rule). According to HHS, this Omnibus Rule is needed to strengthen...more

1/29/2013 - Business Associates Data Protection Electronic Medical Records HHS HIPAA HIPAA Omnibus Rule HITECH OCR Patient Privacy Rights PHI

De-Identifying Protected Health Information: OCR Issues Long-Awaited Guidance

The HIPAA Privacy Rule is intended to protect individually identifiable health information by limiting its use and disclosure. But the Privacy Rule expressly permits the de-identification of that information, and in doing so...more

1/5/2013 - Data Breach Data Protection De-Identification Health Information Technologies HIPAA Life Sciences OCR Personally Identifiable Information PHI

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