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Post-market medical devices, cybersecurity, and the U.S. FDA’s growing concerns

by Hogan Lovells on

From insulin pumps and pacemakers to defibrillators, medical devices increasingly rely on wireless and internet connectivity for efficient operations. Unfortunately, these interconnections also leave devices vulnerable to an...more

HHS OCR Announces a $2.3 Million HIPAA Settlement Bringing the Agency’s Settlement Total for 2017 to Over $19 Million

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

On December 28th, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights (OCR) announced a $2.3 million settlement with 21st Century Oncology Inc. (21st Century) to settle potential violations of the HIPAA privacy...more

Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Insider - January 2018 #2

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

Health Care Organizations Saw an 89% Increase in Ransomware in 2017 - Our experience last year is consistent with the conclusion of a new report issued by Cryptonite in its 2017 Health Care Cyber Research Report—that the...more

ICYMI: PrivSec’s Weekly News Picks

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

Tech Republic reports that “the executive order may help bring internet to previously hard to reach areas, something several ISPs have been working towards.” “A more connected country”, author Olivia Krauth reports, “could...more

2017 Edition of HIPAA Regulations Released

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

The Code of Federal Regulations has recently published the 2017 version of the HIPAA regulations. This is the most up-to-date “official” version of the HIPAA regulations. We have created a version that includes PDF bookmarks...more

Stanford Medical Center Seeks FAA Approval for Blood Delivery by Drone

Stanford Medical Center (Stanford) is pursuing a new concept in the health care world—blood delivery to hospitals by drones. Currently, Stanford is seeking the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) approval for this type of...more

Health Care Organizations Saw an 89 percent Increase in Ransomware in 2017

Our experience last year is consistent with the conclusion of a new report issued by Cryptonite in its 2017 Health Care Cyber Research Report—that the number of hacking events targeted at health care entities involving...more

Security Alert: New Meltdown and Spectre Vulnerabilities Impact Computer Processors to Expose Sensitive Information

Last spring the WannaCry ransomware cyber-attack crippled the global economy, impacting over 100,000 organizations throughout 150 countries and generating an estimated $4 billion in losses. The National Health Information...more

Digital Health Year in Review: 2017 Trends and Looking Ahead to 2018

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Introduction - Throughout 2017, the health care and life science industries experienced a widespread proliferation of digital health innovation that presents challenges to traditional notions of health care delivery and...more

Lessons Learned from Recent OCR HIPAA Audits

Covered entities, including employer sponsored health plans, should brace for audits and enforcement of the Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification rules by the Department of Health & Human Service Office of Civil Rights...more

Sign On The Dotted Line: New Cook County HIPAA Order Requires Patient Signature

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

A recent decision by the Circuit Court of Cook County -- Marc Shull v. Eric Ellis -- has terminated the entry of “routine” HIPAA protective orders for purposes of litigation and the release of medical records. Prior to this...more

New cybersecurity threats with potential to impact health care industry identified

by Bricker & Eckler LLP on

On January 4, 2018, the National Health Information Sharing and Analysis Center (NH-ISAC) posted an announcement regarding the cybersecurity threats Meltdown and Spectre that were recently identified....more

The President Can Tweet, But Can A Doctor Text?

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Text messaging is a convenient way for busy doctors to communicate, but for years, the question has remained: are doctors allowed to convey sensitive health information with other members of their provider team over SMS? The...more

Proposed amendments to Food and Drug Regulations and the Medical Devices Regulations to publicly release clinical data after...

by Smart & Biggar on

Following release of a white paper in March, on December 9, 2017, Health Canada released proposed amendments to the Food and Drug Regulations under which “clinical summaries, reports and supporting data of clinical trials...more

CMS Clarifies Text Messaging Prohibition

by Baker Ober Health Law on

After a confusing month of contradicting guidance, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a memorandum clarifying its position regarding the use of text messaging with patient information between providers....more

2017 Closes with $2 Million HIPAA Settlement

On December 28, 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced that 21st Century Oncology, Inc. (21CO) agreed to pay $2.3 Million in lieu of potential civil money...more

CMS Memo on Texting Patient Information

by Holland & Knight LLP on

CMS issued a memo to state survey agency directors on December 28, 2017, to clarify CMS’s position on texting patient information. The memo, which indicates that it is effective “immediately,” states that CMS prohibits...more

New HIPAA Guidance On Disclosure Of PHI Related To Opioid Abuse And Mental Health

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In our most recent post, the Top 5 Common HIPAA Mistakes to Avoid in 2018, we noted that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has recently published guidance on disclosing protected...more

Top 5 Common HIPAA Mistakes To Avoid In 2018

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Heading into its 22nd year, HIPAA continues to be misunderstood and misapplied by many, including health care industry professionals who strive for (or at least claim the mantle of) HIPAA compliance. Here is my “top 5” list...more

Small Health Care Providers: Do You Really Know What Your IT Services Vendor is Providing to Secure Your Systems?

by BakerHostetler on

A small health care provider such as a physician office or clinic often will contract with an IT services vendor to meet overall IT needs to operate the business. A small health care provider may not have the resources and...more

WannaComply? OCR’s Application Of HIPAA’s Breach Notification Rule To Ransomware Attacks

by Ellis & Winters LLP on

Organizations worldwide are facing a new cybersecurity plague: ransomware attacks such as the recent, widely publicized, and global WannaCry[2] and Petya[3] outbreaks. In the typical case, after users click on a malicious...more

A Net-Neutral Decision for Health Care? What Providers Can Expect in the Wake of Net Neutrality Repeal

by McDermott Will & Emery on

As the Federal Communications Commission repeals the Open Internet Order—more commonly known as the net-neutrality rules—health care consumers and providers have been left wondering how this change will affect their ability...more

Banner Health Class Action Claims Survive Motion to Dismiss

Wednesday, a federal district court in Arizona denied in part and granted in part Banner Health’s motion to dismiss class action claims arising from a 2016 data breach. ...more

Bah, Humbug! HIPAA Compliance Isn’t Getting Any Easier

As we look back on 2017, one message is clear: don’t be a Scrooge when it comes to HIPAA compliance. With ever-evolving security threats and unrelenting enforcement, regulated entities must maintain a spirit of compliance...more

OIG Report Reveals HHS Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities

On December 19, the US Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) released a report indicating continued cybersecurity vulnerabilities among HHS’ four operating divisions based on FY...more

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