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The Digital Download - Alston & Bird’s Privacy & Data Security Newsletter – November 2016

Updates on the EU: German DPA Publishes First Privacy Shield Guidelines, Requires German-Law Contracts for Transfers. On June 7, 2016, the European Commission adopted the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield. One question that many...more

The Marijuana Industry’s Big Win: The DEA’s Refusal to Reschedule

Earlier this year, when the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) indicated it would have an announcement regarding a now five-year-old petition to reschedule cannabis, numerous industries on the “outside looking in” were...more

Heal Thyself: Insider Threats to Heed, Especially for Industries with Large Amounts of Personal Information

A recent study by the Ponemon Institute found that insider threats due to malicious or negligent employees are the leading cause of private-sector cybersecurity incidents. Of the over 600 information security professionals...more

Increase in Funding to Med Device Startups

Despite a drop in the second quarter of 2016, medical device funding is expected to finish stronger this year than in 2015. CB Insights has released a report on the funding and deal activity within the medical device...more

Banner Health Begins to Notify 3.7 Million Patients This Week of Data Breach From Cyberattack

Phoenix, Arizona, based Banner Health (Banner), reportedly one of the largest health care organizations in the country, began notifying up to 3.7 million patients this week of a data breach of its computer systems that...more

Headlines from Mid-Year FCPA Enforcement Review

Just to add my voice to the cottage industry surrounding FCPA enforcement and compliance, I wanted to take a deep breath and offer some observations on FCPA enforcement in 2016. There are a few significant headlines...more

HIPAA Wake-Up Call for Financial Institutions: First HIPAA Settlement with Business Associate

It’s a HIPAA first. A business associate has settled a direct enforcement action over allegations that it potentially violated the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). This settlement portends future...more

Med Device M&A Values Jump Nearly 50% in 1st Half of 2016

According to MergerMarket, the value of mergers and acquisitions in the medical device area jumped by nearly 50% to $74.5 billion in the first half of 2016 (H1 2016) compared with the first six months of 2015.  The 45.5%...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 7.22.16

EU financial watchdog ESMA has fined rating agency Fitch Ratings Ltd. $1.5 million for reportedly violating the EU’s rules for rating agencies relating to the 12-hour requirement, internal controls, and unauthorized...more

Healthcare & Life Sciences Private Equity Deal Tracker: Warburg Pincus to Acquire Stake in Hygenia

Warburg Pincus has announced it will invest in Hygenia. Warburg Pincus, headquartered in New York, is a PE firm that takes a long-term perspective and invest in businesses at all stages of development. It invests...more

Digital Health: An Improving Environment for Investors

The integration of technology into health care delivery is exploding throughout the health industry landscape. Commentators speculating on the implications of the information revolution’s penetration of the health care...more

China Issues Guidance Clarifying Core Tasks and Deadlines for Application of the Country’s Telemedicine System

The Chinese government has been in the process of modernizing its telemedicine law and policy and associated infrastructure for nearly 2 years now, to support broad, domestic application of telemedicine. We outline one of the...more

The Life Sciences Report - Summer 2016

The Future of Innovation in Medtech: An Industry in Search of Growth While Facing Pressures to Consolidate in a Post-ACA World - In the Affordable Care Act (ACA) era, the healthcare industry has witnessed significant...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 5.17.16

Gannet’s still after Tribune Publishing, and it’s upped its ante after Tribune “resoundingly rejected” early overtures – NYTimes... The Journal walks us through the fall of the Laplanche empire at Lending Club with a...more

Fiduciary Regulation and How Recent Cybersecurity Government Publications Impact HIPAA Security Compliance and the New Audit...

Fiduciary Regulation - The Office of Management and Budget released the final Fiduciary or Conflict of Interest regulation and related prohibited transaction exemption modifications from its review today. The next...more

HIPAA Audits to Include Financial Institutions—There’s an App for That

The Phase 2 audit program for HIPAA compliance now is underway — and financial institutions are on the list as potential targets. Many financial institutions are business associates under HIPAA, usually because of their...more

At The Intersection of New Bundled Payment Programs and New Discharge Rules: Private Equity Opportunities

Recently, CMS has promulgated new bundled payment rules for Comprehensive Joint Replacement(CJR) that require the mandatory participation of approximately 800 hospitals across the US. This bundle includes not only the...more

California Data Breach Report Defines “Reasonableness” Standard for Data Protection

Nearly three in five Californians were victims of a data breach in 2015, according to a report released by state Attorney General Kamala D. Harris. The report adopts minimum standards of ''reasonable security'' for personal...more

Nearly 50 Million Records Breached in California Since 2012

Earlier this month, the California Attorney General’s Office released the 2016 Data Breach Report covering years 2012 through 2015 for the State of California (the “AG’s Report”). The AG’s Report reveals that 557 data...more

California by the Numbers (Part 1): 24 Million Compromised in 2015

California Attorney General Kamala Harris has released a report of the data breaches that have been reported to her office from 2012 until 2015. Although the California data breach notification law took effect in 2003,...more

Healthcare tech meets healthcare reality

As entrepreneurs rush into the healthcare sector, even the most innovative thinkers are encountering a unique set of challenges – and solving them will require every bit as much ingenuity as building groundbreaking new...more

Privacy & Data Security Advisory: The Importance of Strategic Vendors in Breach Response

Cybercrime and data security incidents are on the rise. Publicized cyber incidents have become so prevalent that it would be difficult to find someone who has not received at least one breach notification letter in the mail....more

Day One Notes – JP Morgan Healthcare Conference, San Francisco

Someone asked me last week what it was like to attend the JP Morgan Healthcare Conference in San Francisco, which started its annual run on January 11, 2016. Outside the conference hotel right now is the obligatory lunchtime...more

Infrastructure Deals Dominate Digital Health Investment in 2015

Among its list of defining quotes of 2015, Rock Health included one from a physician who was frustrated with the fact that, as she put it, “In my hospital there are 19 software systems across departments – few of which...more

Healthcare & Life Sciences Private Equity Deal Tracker: Scholar Rock Secures $36 Million in Funding

Scholar Rock, based in Cambridge, Mass., is a biotechnology company focused on developing drugs that selectively target supracellular activation of growth factors in the disease microenvironment. The company’s initial drug...more

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