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St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center Pays $218,400 to Settle Alleged HIPAA Security Case Stemming from Use of Cloud-Based Document...

Alleged HIPAA Violations Resulted from Medical Center’s Failure to Risk Assess Internet-Based Document Sharing Application and Inadequate Breach Response. The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for...more

Back to School – HIPAA 101

After a summer that saw major data breaches at the Office of Personnel Management and UCLA Health System, this fall is a great time to take your organization back to school on HIPAA compliance and data security. Here are...more

New Potential Liability for Data Security: U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit Announces FTC has Authority to Scrutinize a...

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit announced that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has the authority to scrutinize a business’s data security protocol -- and to file a complaint if the FTC finds that protocol...more

Mobile Health Devices and Cybersecurity: Federal Guidance for Management of Threats in Medical Devices

New Technology = New Threats - With new technology comes new security concerns. But when that new technology is in the medical field, the cybersecurity vulnerabilities can be particularly devastating. The...more

Six Ways for Data-Driven Medical Device Companies to Implement Effective Privacy and Security Measures

The increasing amounts of health information being generated, stored and collected have heightened the special risks medical device manufacturers have long faced. In addition to the nexus to patient health and safety, if a...more

Hacking Your Health: For Healthcare Providers, Risk Analysis Must Be Ongoing

Healthcare providers would be wise to keep in mind that if a patient is harmed by a hacked medical device, Exhibit A in the negligence suit against them may be that provider’s risk analysis, or lack thereof....more

Seventh Circuit rules hospital system is not a Consumer Reporting Agency under FCRA

Is a hospital a “consumer reporting agency”? Can a health care provider be liable under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) in the event of a data breach? The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals recently considered these...more

Privacy Tuesday – August 2015: Three Bytes for End of Summer

It’s Privacy Tuesday again – and summer is winding down. Here are three bytes of privacy/security information to start your week...more

Data processing company hit with class action lawsuit for data breach and Judge denies class certification the next day

Advanced Data Processing, Inc. and Intermedix Corp. were sued in federal court in Florida last week for violating the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) for failing to protect the health information...more

New NIST Guide Advises Healthcare Companies on Securing Patient Health Information on Mobile Devices

In response to a growing demand for cybersecurity guidance in the health care industry, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), through its National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence, recently published a...more

HIPAA Enforcement On The Rise

The number of claims filed under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) have skyrocketed in recent years. The latest figures from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHS) highlight a...more

Are You the Next Cybercrime Target?

How valuable is your data? If you store personally identifiable information, such as Social Security numbers, protected health information under HIPAA, and even more mundane information such as dates of birth and e-mail...more

The FCC's TCPA Regulatory Ruling Imposes Tighter Call Restrictions

Last month, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a long awaited declaratory ruling and order, FCC 15-72, addressing several petitions which sought clarification of or exemptions from Telephone Consumer...more

Is Your Health Plan HIPAA Compliant?

Data breaches with respect to medical information are on the rise, given that such information is generally more valuable on the black market than stolen credit card data. The 2015 breach of healthcare company Anthem, Inc.,...more

NIST Issues Draft Guidance for Mobile Health Data

With health care breaches constantly on the rise, increasing access to electronic health records (EHRs) from mobile devices, and more prevalent “shadow” cloud use, health care organizations are getting a bit of help from the...more

State Law Roundup: Legislatures Across the U.S. Revamp Data Breach Notification Laws

As the number of highly publicized data breaches continues to skyrocket and proposals for a federal data breach notification law stagnate, state legislatures around the country have been busy amending their own breach...more

Oregon Amends Data Breach Law — Companies Can Expect More Enforcement Actions

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown recently signed into law amendments to the state’s data breach law. These amendments recognize the growing definition of data, expand the role of the Attorney General in addressing data breaches,...more

Internet-Based Document Sharing Applications Scrutinized

On July 8, 2015, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center (SEMC) located in Boston, Massachusetts entered into an agreement following an investigation...more

Cybersecurity is once again a hot topic as Illinois undergoes PIPA update

Cybersecurity is a hot topic at both the state and federal level. Specifically, Illinois is in the process of amending its Personal Information Protection Act (“PIPA”). Illinois SB 1833 will amend PIPA by establishing more...more

Hospital’s Cloud-Based Document-Sharing Practices Lead to $218,400 HIPAA Settlement

On July 10, 2015, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced a substantial settlement with St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center (SEMC). Under the terms of the settlement, the hospital...more

OCR Settlement with Massachusetts Hospital Over HIPAA Violations

On July 8, 2015, the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”), which enforces federal privacy standards for protected health information (“PHI”), settled an enforcement action...more

With No Federal Law in Sight, States Continue to Refine Their Own Data Privacy Laws

With no Congressional consensus to adopt a federal data privacy and breach notification statute, states are updating and refining their already-existing laws to enact more stringent requirements for companies. Two states...more

UCLA Health System announces data breach affecting 4.5 million patients and medical providers

Adding to the long list of cyber hacking victims, the UCLA Health System announced on Friday (July 17, 2015) that it confirmed on May 5, 2015 that a cyber-attacker had accessed parts of UCLA Health’s network back to September...more

Proceed With Caution: Does HIPAA Apply to Your Business?

Even if your business is not in the health care industry, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), as updated by the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH...more

Connecticut Updates its Data Security Laws, Imposing Stringent New Requirements

On June 30, 2015, the Governor of Connecticut signed into law S.B. 949, “An Act Improving Data Security and Agency Effectiveness." The new law updates Connecticut’s data security laws, including by adding a 90-day hard...more

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