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AGG Food and Drug Newsletter - May 2017

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

Arnall Golden Gregory LLP's Food and Drug Newsletter is a monthly update of legal and regulatory issues that affect the FDA-regulated community, including regular updates on legislative initiatives from AGG’s Washington, DC...more

Press Release Mistake Leads to $2.4 Million HIPAA Penalty for Health System

by Nossaman LLP on

On May 10, 2017, the U.S. Health and Human Services Department Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) announced an agreement whereby Memorial Hermann Health System (“MHHS”) will pay a $2.4 million penalty for releasing a patient’s...more

Potential HIPAA Pitfalls for Developers of Healthcare Apps

by Perkins Coie on

As federal and state governments struggle to address future healthcare regulation, demand for healthcare that is cheaper, better and faster continues to surge. Every day, new healthcare apps are being developed to respond...more

Are Healthcare Systems Being Held Hostage by Ransomware?

by Revision Legal on

Healthcare ransomware is one of the biggest cybersecurity concerns in existence and it may have particularly serious implications for healthcare systems. Ransomware is a form of malicious software code that is somehow...more

WannaCry Global Ransomware Attack

A global ransomware attack began early last Friday and has affected businesses and government entities in 150 countries, including Britain’s national health system, FedEx, Spain’s Telefónica, and the Russian Interior...more

Take-Aways from WannaCry

We have read multiple reports on WannaCry and if you are reading this and don’t know what WannaCry is, Google it for the background story. The clear message is this is not the last major attack we will see, and future attacks...more

Memorial Hermann’s Use of Patient Name in Press Release Leads to $2.4 Million HIPAA Settlement

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced another large HIPAA-related settlement last week with Memorial Hermann Health System (Memorial Hermann), the largest not-for-profit...more

Privacy Tip #88 – The Challenge of Keeping Up with Patches

Over the past week, many clients and individuals have asked me why some companies and health care facilities were devastated by the WannaCry ransomware, and why others made it through the weekend without a blink of an eye....more

Ransomware Imminently Expected to Target Medical Devices

by Baker Donelson on

As a wave of devastating ransomware-based attacks spread across the globe last week, it became abundantly clear that the medical industry at large was ill-prepared for the threat despite years of warnings. The virus hit...more

HHS OCR Resumes HIPAA Enforcement Action Announcements: Four New Settlements and Penalties Totaling More than $5 million in a One...

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

After a pause of nearly two months, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights (HHS OCR) has resumed its announcement of settlements for alleged HIPAA violations, with four new settlement agreements...more

WannaCry Malware and Medical Device Security

The WannaCry virus has infected and frozen computers in many industries around the world. According to a news source report, the virus has extorted doctors and hospital administrators for the keys to unlock and regain access...more

Public Still Must be Kept Private under HIPAA

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

A not-for-profit health care system recently agreed to pay the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) $2.4 million as part of a settlement over potential Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)...more

Office of Civil Rights announces $2.4M settlement with Texas Health System for release of patient name

On May 10, 2017, the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) announced a $2.4M settlement with Memorial Hermann Health System, a not-for-profit health system located in Southeast Texas, which is comprised of 16 hospitals and specialty...more

Misconfigured Backup Server Exposes 7,000+ Medical Records

A misconfigured backup server hosted by medical records technology vendor iHealth Solutions resulted in exposure of over 7,000 medical records, some containing sensitive information. The records, involving patients seen at...more

Inappropriate Disclosure of a Single Patient Name Results in $2.4 Million HIPAA Settlement

by Saul Ewing LLP on

Texas’ Memorial Hermann Health System (MHHS) paid $2.4 million to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and entered into a corrective action plan (CAP) to resolve allegations related to the impermissible...more

WannaCry Ransomware Attack: What Happened and How to Address

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Recently, a widespread global ransomware attack has struck hospitals, communication, and other types of companies and government offices around the world, seizing control of affected computers until the victims pay a ransom. ...more

Ransomware Attack – Quick Facts

By now, you may have heard about the global ransomware attacks affecting health care and other organizations throughout the world, in particular the United Kingdom, but also in the United States. The ransomware variant,...more

New York Attorney General Announces Settlements with Three Mobile Health Application Developers

by Jones Day on

New York has made a mark on the regulatory and enforcement landscape for mobile health applications ("mobile health app") with the New York Attorney General's ("NY AG") March 23, 2017, announcement of settlements with three...more

WannaCry Ransomware Update

On Saturday May 13, 2017 the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), Cyber Division, in conjunction with the Department of Homeland Security issued an FBI FLASH report pertaining to indicators associated with the latest...more

6 Takeaways from Memorial Hermann HIPAA Settlement: Press Releases Lead to $2.4 Million Payout

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

On April 26, 2017, Memorial Hermann Health System (“MHHS”) agreed to pay the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) $2.4 million to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and...more

Wireless HealthHealthcare Services Provider’s $2.5m Settlement Demonstrates Why Understanding HIPAA Requirements Is a Must

by Dickinson Wright on

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced a $2.5 million Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) settlement with CardioNet, which is a company that...more

ALERT: Ransomware – a Global Wake-Up Call

by Sedgwick LLP on

U.S. Regulator Warns of “Evidence” of Global Cyber Assault Occurring Inside the U.S. and Steps Your Company Should Take Against a Ransomware Attack - On Friday, May 12, 2017, Laura Wolf, Critical Infrastructure...more

Global Ransomware Attack Makes Healthcare Organizations Wanna Cry

As has been widely reported, on May 12, 2017, organizations around the world, including Britain’s National Health Service, found their data held hostage by actors using a new variant of ransomware called WannaCry. According...more

New Mexico Enacts Data Breach Notification Law

by King & Spalding on

On April 6, 2017, New Mexico became the 48th state to enact a data breach notification law; the Data Breach Notification Act (the “Act”) will go into effect on June 16, 2017. The good news for many in the health care...more

NIST Releases Draft Cybersecurity Guidance for Wireless Infusion Pumps

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced this week that it has issued draft cybersecurity guidance for hospitals to consider when using infusion pumps, particularly since infusion pumps are no...more

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