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How Millennials Will Change Health Care IT

* The following article was originally published by Healthcare Business & Technology. To read it on the Healthcare Business & Technology website, click here

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FTC Arms Businesses and Consumers Against Ransomware

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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Strategic Prespectives: Risks in Health Care IT Agreements and Recommendations to Avoid Them

* This article was originally published by Health Law Daily

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Approval of Privacy Shield Provides Framework for Transfer Personal Data between the US and EU

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After months of negotiations, it’s official: the EU-US Privacy Shield has been formally approved on both sides of the Atlantic, by the EU Commission and the US Commerce Department, despite concerns surrounding the adequacy of its earlier version.

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IT Systems Put Security into Health Care Cybersecurity

*This article was originally published by The Journal of Health Care Compliance.

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OCR’s HIPAA Guidance on Ransomware Expands Traditional Interpretation of “Breach”

On Monday, July 11, 2016, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released a fact sheet with guidance for covered entities and business associates on HIPAA and ransomware.

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What Do Self-Driving Cars and Your Heart Monitor Have in Common? The Same Questions About Cybersecurity.

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.

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Health on the Move: FTC and HHS Release Guidance for Mobile Health App Developers

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.   

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Ransomware Attack on California Hospital Puts Providers on Alert for New Threats to Health Information

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.

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Senator Boxer Questions Medical Device Makers about Cybersecurity

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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