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Recall Highlights Medical Device Cybersecurity Issues

by Knobbe Martens on

On August 29, the FDA announced a recall of 465,000 implantable pacemakers, citing concerns that hackers may be able to take control of the pacemakers’ settings. This would open patients up to danger from improper pacing or...more

In hospitals, angry guys with guns (even with badges) are a bad idea

Medicine and law enforcement can be a combustible combination, as a widely publicized incident in a Utah emergency room has reminded. The ugly incident has underscored the importance of hospitals keeping big, upset guys with...more

Aetna and its Vendor Face Class Action Lawsuit over HIV Disclosure

A Pennsylvania man has filed a class action lawsuit against Aetna Inc., accusing it of violating his privacy rights when the insurer mailed him prescription information in an envelope with a large, clear window that disclosed...more

Healthcare Insurer Rebuked for Exposing Policyholders’ HIV Status

Two legal advocacy groups have accused Aetna Inc. – the Hartford-based healthcare company – of “gross” breaches of privacy and confidentiality including violations of federal healthcare law when a third-party vendor...more

Improper HIPAA Disclosure Results in Termination and Legal Dispute

The Kentucky Court of Appeals recently held that a hospital acted lawfully in terminating the employment of a nurse for violating the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). The nurse had been...more

2-Year Statute Of Limitations Applies To HIV Patient’s Privacy Suit

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

A New Jersey appeals court recently ruled that a two-year statute of limitations applies to a claim by an HIV-positive patient asserting one of his doctors improperly disclosed his medical status to a third party without...more

Key Takeaways from Oklahoma’s New Telemedicine Law

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin recently signed into law SB 726, establishing new telemedicine practice standards, including explicitly allowing doctors to create valid physician-patient relationships via telemedicine without...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

(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

Global Privacy & Cybersecurity Update Vol. 14

by Jones Day on

New York Attorney General Announces Record Number of Data Breach Notices in 2016 - On March 21, 2017, the New York Attorney General's Office announced that it received 1,300 reported data breaches in 2016—a 60 percent...more

Recent Healthcare Data Breaches

by Revision Legal on

Healthcare computer systems harbor the most useful three pieces of personal identifying information that can be used for fraud and identity theft – names, Social Security numbers, and dates of birth. With these three pieces...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

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

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

HHS Plans To Launch Cybersecurity Center Focused On Medical App Security

by Dentons on

The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced on April 20 that it plans to launch a cybersecurity initiative modeled on the US Department of Homeland Security’s National Cybersecurity and Communications...more

HHS to Launch Cybersecurity Center

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will soon launch a healthcare focused cybersecurity initiative modeled on the Homeland Security Department’s National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center...more

Medical Board Investigations Transcend the Psychotherapist-Patient Privilege

In Cross v. Superior Court of Los Angeles County, No. B277600, the Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, Division Five recently held that (1) the psychotherapist-patient privilege does not protect the subpoenaed records...more

Mobile targeting: A ‘secret weapon’ for good or ill?

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

It’s an advertiser’s dream — the ability to target customers through their mobile devices, right to down to where they are and what they are doing. But can such precisely targeted messages become a recipient’s nightmare?...more

Five Trends in False Claims Act Enforcement: Take Two

In July 2015, we posted about the N.Y. Attorney General’s False Claims Act (FCA) settlements with Trinity HomeCare and its related entities, and how the case provided insight into the future of FCA enforcement. We identified...more

Recent HIPAA Privacy and Security Settlements and Lessons Learned

by Perkins Coie on

Although the fate of the Affordable Care Act remains undecided, enforcement of the HIPAA privacy and security regulations by the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is ongoing,...more

Privacy and Information Security a Top Priority in California under Xavier Becerra

by Fisher Phillips on

Governor Jerry Brown’s selection of Congressman Xavier Becerra to succeed (now Senator) Kamala Harris as the new Attorney General of California was a surprising move that brings into power in California a seasoned advocate of...more

Substance Use Disorder Treatment Providers: Time for a Compliance Check

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

On January 18, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration ("SAMHSA"), an agency of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, issued a Final Rule amending the Confidentiality of Alcohol and...more

Confidentiality of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Patient Records - Final Rule Revising Regulations

by Ruder Ware on

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released a final rule to update and modernize the Confidentiality of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Patient Records regulations effective February 17, 2017. ...more

New HHS Secretary Delays Effective Date of Part 2 Final Rule

We previously reported that the 30 year old regulations (last updated in 1987) relating to the disclosure of substance abuse treatment information has been updated by SAMHSA to bring it into the modern world of electronic...more

Six Key Changes to the Common Rule

by Epstein Becker & Green on

On January 19, 2017, sixteen federal agencies, including the Departments of Health and Human Services and Labor, published the first revision to the federal regulations governing the protection of human subjects participating...more

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