*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.
On October 6, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) released an OIG Alert reminding the public that electronic health records (EHRs) furnished to referral sources may not meet the federal anti-kickback statute’s EHR safe harbor if the EHR system has limited or restricted interoperability.
Bringing to life an initiative described by Jocelyn Samuels, the Director of the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), at the recent Safeguarding Health Information: Building Assurance through HIPAA Security conference, OCR has announced the launch of a new on-line platform to solicit questions on HIPAA compliance from mobile health developers and others interested in t
One of the more exciting and innovating changes to health care lies in the development of devices that expand the ability of patients to better manage their health and communicate with care providers who can monitor and potentially diagnose and treat patients remotely with the aide of special devices. Those devices which allow automated communications between machines are considered part of the Internet of Things (IoT), which was the subject of a report just released by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
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