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FBI Warning to Health Care Sector Holds True

In April of this year, the FBI issued a Private Industry Notification (PIN) to the health care industry warning of the “likely increase [in] cyber intrusions against health care systems.” In the same month, and into June of...more

Massive Data Breach Affects 4.5 Million Patients in 29 States

Community Health Systems, Inc. (the “Company”), one of the largest hospital organizations in the country, announced via a public filing (Form 8K) made yesterday with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“Report”) that the...more

Class Action Plaintiffs Look to Fair Credit Reporting Act for Private Relief from Data Breaches Involving Health Information

A recent class action brought against the University of Miami (“University”) previews what could become an emerging trend among plaintiffs’ class action attorneys to seek damages for the unauthorized disclosure of personal...more

Hospital Operator Reports 4.5 Million Patients’ Data Stolen in Cyberattack

The Tennessee-based acute-care hospital chain Community Health Systems, Inc. (CHS), reported on August 18 that information on approximately 4.5 million patients was stolen from the company. CHS is one of the largest hospital...more

4.5 Million Patients’ Information Stolen by Hackers

Community Health Systems Inc. (“CHS”), a Tennessee-based hospital provider, has reported it was the target of data hackers who were able to obtain identification information belonging to approximately 4.5 million CHS...more

Community Health Systems' HIPAA Breach: Significant Lessons for Health Care and Non-Health Care Companies

On August 18, 2014, Community Health Systems, Inc. (CHS) publicly confirmed, in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (CHS filing), that its computer network was attacked between April and June 2014 by hackers...more

Chinese Hackers Infiltrate Health System Network – Information of 4.5 Million Individuals Stolen

Community Health Systems, Inc. (“CHS”) reported yesterday that the information of approximately 4.5 million individuals has been affected by a Chinese cyber-attack. CHS and its affiliates own and operate 206 hospitals in 29...more

Hospital Network Reports Large HIPAA Breach

Community Health Systems announced yesterday, August 18th, that hackers broke into its computers and stole data on 4.5 million patients. ...more

Massachusetts Enforces Data Security Regulations Against Out-of-State Entity

On July 23, 2014, the Massachusetts Attorney General announced a consent judgment with an out-of-state Rhode Island hospital, Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island (“WIH” or the “Hospital”), resolving a lawsuit against WIH...more

Privacy Tuesday – August 2014

We are just two Mondays away from Labor Day, the traditional end of summer in the United States. Here are some privacy tidbits to get your week started. See especially Jake Romero’s piece on the new Delaware data...more

Privacy Update: In For A Penny, In For A Pound

A Warning for Health Service Providers - The Australian Privacy Commissioner has found that a suburban Melbourne medical practice has breached the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) by failing to take reasonable steps to secure...more

Ascertainability Issues Preclude Certification of a Class of Individuals Alleging Violations of the Fair Debt Collection Practices...

The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan denied plaintiffs’ motion for class certification citing plaintiffs’ failure to satisfy Rule 23’s ascertainability, commonality, typicality, and predominance...more

Recent OCR Reports Illustrate Past and Future Compliance and Enforcement Efforts

Daily news stories about data breaches and enforcement actions seem to be the new norm, so it’s no surprise that people may start to believe that hackers have won the war and that no personal health information is safe. But...more

California Court of Appeal Rules Damages Are Unavailable To Plaintiff Patients Where Patient Information On Stolen Computer Was...

Until last week, Sutter Health was looking at a potential jury verdict in excess of $4 billion against several of its affiliated hospitals in a class action suit filed under the California Medical Information Act, California...more

Appellate Court Rules Medical Information Must Actually Have Been Viewed by an Unauthorized Person for a Plaintiff to Recover...

The California Court of Appeal recently held that in order to recover under California’s Confidentiality of Medical Information Act (CMIA), Civ. Code §§ 56 et seq., a plaintiff must plead and prove that the “stolen medical...more

Florida Information Protection Act of 2014 - Florida Means Business When It Comes to Protecting Customers' Personal Information

On June 20, 2014, Governor Rick Scott signed into law the Florida Information Protection Act of 2014 ("FIPA"), which became effective July 1, 2014. FIPA expands the obligations of businesses and government entities that...more

California Court Dismisses Data Breach Class Action

Last week, the California Third District Court of Appeal dismissed what may have been the largest health data breach class action in history. Consistent with a trend of similar dismissals, the California state appellate court...more

Rhode Island Hospital Reaches Settlement with Massachusetts AG to Resolve Data Security Allegations

Last week, Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island (“W&I”) reached a settlement with the Massachusetts Attorney General to resolve allegations that W&I failed to adequately protect personal data stored on unencrypted backup...more

California Appellate Court Requires Actual Viewing of Confidential Information in Data Breach Case Under the California Medical...

In a case against Sutter Health involving records from a stolen office computer, the California Court of Appeal recently issued a decision limiting plaintiffs’ ability to state a claim and obtain statutory damages under the...more

Is Off-Label Drug Promotion Protected Free Speech?

It is a very common practice. Drug sales reps visit a client, usually a hospital, a clinic or a doctor, with the sole purpose of selling a drug or medical device. That is the primary way a doctor learns about a drug or...more

FDA Draft Guidance Aims to Clarify Appropriate Character-Space-Limited Social Media Use by Drug and Device Firms: Part One of Two

As technology continues to evolve, so do the ways in which patients and healthcare providers obtain information pertaining to medical products regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Thomas Abrams, Director of...more

FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Communications Over Internet and Social Media Platforms

On June 17, 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA or the Agency) issued two draft guidance documents, providing recommendations for two types of communication over internet and social media platforms. The first...more

FDA Promises Guidance on Lawful Off-Label Promotion

In June, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (the "FDA") announced that by the end of the year, the agency would issue a draft guidance document addressing the contours of lawful and unlawful off-label promotion. The...more

FDA Hosts Webinar Addressing Social Media Draft Guidance

The Food and Drug Administration hosted a Social Media Draft Guidance Webinar. The July 10 webinar included summary review of the three draft guidances issued this year to date followed by a brief Q&A. Thomas Abrams, director...more

California Court Grants Hospital Summary Judgment on Data Breach Claim

In its recent decision in Eisenhower Medical Center v. Superior Court, 226 Cal. App. 4th 430(Cal. App. 4th Dist. 2014), the Court of Appeal of California, Fourth District, had occasion to consider whether a medical facility’s...more

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