Ransomware is a living-nightmare for the health care industry, with attacks or threats of attacks increasing and the consequences potentially devastating to patients and businesses. The Federal Trade Commission recently issued guidance for both businesses and consumers on defending against ransomware, which Arent Fox attorneys Sarah Bruno, Eva Pulliam, and Lourdes Turrecha analyze in the article below.
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* This article was originally published by Health Law Daily.
*This article was originally published by The Journal of Health Care Compliance.
Arent Fox partner Sarah Bruno recently published a very interesting alert on new privacy and cybersecurity challenges facing the automotive industry in the age of autonomous vehicles, syncing software, and wearable devices that interact with your vehicle.
On April 5, 2016, Chairwoman Edith Ramirez of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced the release of a new web-based tool to assist developers of mobile health apps in understanding what federal laws they must comply with. The FTC’s new tool joins several others released by other federal agencies designed to educate and guide app developers in their efforts to create compliant apps.
While management at hospitals and other health care providers has long been aware of the need to implement computer security policies to comply with HIPAA’s requirements for protecting sensitive patient information, cybersecurity may have rocketed to the top of management’s priority list in the wake of the recent cyberattack on Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center (HPMC) that left the hospital unable to access some of its computer systems for ten days.
On February 4, 2016, Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) sent a letter to the five largest medical device makers asking them to explain what steps they are taking to address cyber vulnerabilities in their products. The letter was sent to the chief executive officers of Johnson & Johnson, Medronic, GE Healthcare, Phillips North America, and Siemens USA.
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