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Security Vulnerabilities Identified In Wireless Syringe Infusion Pumps

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently issued a warning that Smiths Medical Medfusion 4000 wireless syringe infusion pumps contain a security vulnerability that can be exploited by hackers to alter the...more

In the Wake of Harvey and Irma, OCR Reminds Providers of HIPAA Rules

As Texas, Florida, and the Caribbean rebuild after the latest string of deadly hurricanes and prepare for the possibility of future storms, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR)...more

Building a Health App? What You Need to Know

Last week, Apple announced the new Apple Watch Series 3 which will feature an enhanced heart rate app. The app will notify you when it detects an elevated heart rate even when you are not working out. The sensor will also be...more

Global Privacy & Cybersecurity Update Vol. 15

by Jones Day on

UNITED STATES - Regulatory—Policy, Best Practices, and Standards - FTC Comments on Improvements to IoT Device Security - On June 19, the Federal Trade Commission ("FTC") submitted comments to a working group organized by the...more

Congressional Task Force Issues Report on Cybersecurity in the Health Care Industry

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Recently, the Health Care Industry Cybersecurity Task Force (the “Task Force”) issued its Report on Improving Cybersecurity in the Health Care Industry (the “Report”). The Task Force, which was created by Congress as part of...more

General Data Protection Regulation: What It Means For US Healthcare/Life Science Companies (Part Three)

Even though the GDPR is a general regulation, some provisions are expressly addressing the specificities of the processing of personal data in the healthcare/life science sectors....more

General Data Protection Regulation: What It Means For US Healthcare/Life Science Companies (Part One)

The clock is ticking: on May 25, 2018, in less than a year from now, the General Data Protection Regulation (“the GDPR”) will apply in all Member States of the European Union (“EU”) and will replace the Directive 95/46/CE...more

General Data Protection Regulation: What It Means For US Healthcare/Life Science Companies (Part Two)

New General Features of the GDPR - Some of the GDPR general features may be of particular interest for companies in the healthcare/life science sectors....more

D.C. Circuit Moves Data Breach Suit Forward

The U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit issued a decidedly pro-consumer opinion recently in addressing what is required to establish standing for a data breach class action....more

Recent HHS Activity Following International Cyber Attacks

by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC on

Following recent international cyber attacks, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued warnings to healthcare organizations, provided a cyber attack checklist, and launched its revised HIPAA Breach...more

HIPAA in the Age of Ransomware

According to a recent US Government Interagency report, ransomware is the fastest growing malware threat, targeting users of all types, including health care facilities. This past spring, for example, the WannaCry ransomware...more

DeepMind Deal with NHS Trust Reveals Privacy Concerns

Back in 2015, DeepMind, a Google company, signed a deal with the Royal Free NHS Foundation Trust. The deal allowed DeepMind access to 1.6 million patients health information as well as the ability to develop an app called...more

House Energy And Commerce Committee Hearing Examines Role Of The Department Of Health And Human Services In Health Care...

by King & Spalding on

On Thursday, June 8, 2017, the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce convened to hear testimony from representatives from the HHS and CMS to discuss the findings of two...more

Anthem Agrees to Pay Over $100 Million to Settle Data Breach Lawsuit: Cybersecurity Trends

by CloudNine on

One of the most notable data breaches in recent years was the one suffered by health insurer Anthem involving the personal information of nearly 80 million individuals. It looks like they are going to pay up big to make the...more

The State AG Report Weekly Update

by Cozen O'Connor on

Charities- New York Attorney General Reaches Settlement with Breast Cancer Charity over Fraud Allegations- New York AG Eric Schneiderman reached a settlement with the Breast Cancer Survivors Foundation, Inc. (“BCSF”)...more

OCR Publishes Checklist and Infographic for Cyber Attack Response

OCR released a simple checklist and infographic last week to assist Covered Entities and Business Associates with responding to potential cyber attacks. As cybersecurity remains a pressing concern for health care entities,...more

ECRI Institute Releases Guidance on How to Protect Your Medical Device Systems

by Knobbe Martens on

The ECRI Institute released new guidance in its article: “Ransomware Attacks: How to Protect Your Medical Device Systems” on May 18, 2017. The report recommends various protective actions for hospitals to take and points to...more

Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals Affirms Dismissal of TCPA Claims on Grounds of Prior Express Consent

by Stinson Leonard Street on

In Zean v. Fairview Health Services, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit recently affirmed the district court's dismissal of a putative class action complaint under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA)....more

HHS Task Force Says Healthcare Cybersecurity is in “Critical Condition”

Unbeknownst to many, Congress established the Health Care Industry Cybersecurity Task Force in 2015 to address the health care industry’s cybersecurity challenges. That Task Force–a combination of public and private...more

(Un)Protected Health Information Held for Ransom

by Snell & Wilmer on

Recent experiences of major health care companies offer a reminder of the importance of data security and following a well-written policy for compliance with the HIPAA Privacy Rule....more

National Pharmacy Avoids TCPA Claim for Flu Shot Robocall under Health Care Rule Exemption

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

A judge in the Southern District of New York recently held that an automated, pre-recorded message sent on behalf of Rite Aid informing recipients to obtain a flu vaccine shot was exempted from the Telephone Consumer...more

TCPA Class Action Tossed out After Hospital Provides Records Indicating Consent

Central Florida Regional Hospital (the Hospital) was released from a proposed class action last week for its alleged violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). The Hospital’s debt collector, Transworld...more

HIPAA spring check-up: Your obligations to safeguard third-party patient health information in medical records produced in...

You’ve had your apple a day, but you can’t keep the subpoenas away… And, if your organization is facing a request seeking records or other materials that may contain patient health information (“PHI”), it bears...more

HIPAA Settlement With Wireless Health Services Provider Is Less Than Meets The Eye

by King & Spalding on

On April 24, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) announced a $2.5 million HIPAA settlement with CardioNet, a wireless health services provider. CardioNet provides remote mobile...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

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