Category: Health IT

GAO Criticizes HHS In Health Information Cybersecurity Report

On Monday, the Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) released a report (the “Report”) criticizing the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) security and privacy guidance and oversight in protecting electronic protected health information (“ePHI”) from cybersecurity attacks.  The Report noted that HHS does not adequately address cybersecurity elements outlined […]

All is Well:  FDA to Host Webinar on its Final Guidance for Low-Risk General Wellness Devices on September 1, 2016

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently released final version of its guidance, General Wellness:  Policy for Low-Risk Devices (Policy), with a webinar slated for September 1st as part of the rollout.  While not much has changed from the 2015 draft guidance, the number of mobile apps and general wellness products […]

FTC Announces Guidance for Developers of Mobile Health Apps

Chairwoman Edith Ramirez of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced the release of new guidance directed towards developers of mobile health apps (the “Guidance”), while speaking today at the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) conference in Washington, DC.  The Guidance is a tool created in collaboration with the FTC, the […]

HHS Releases Crosswalk Between HIPAA Security Rule and NIST Framework

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of Civil Rights (OCR)  recently released a “crosswalk” developed with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) mapping  the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Security Rule and the NIST Framework for Improving Critical infrastructure Cybersecurity (the Framework). […]

Hollywood Presbyterian Medial Center Was Victim of Cyber-ransom

Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center revealed on Wednesday that is was the victim of a cyber incident resulting in the hospital paying a cyber-ransom of $17,000 in Bitcoins.  On February 5th hackers used malware that locks systems by encrypting files to infect the hospital’s computer systems, including the electronic medical record […]

Senator Calls on Med Device Leaders to Improve Cybersecurity

Late last week, Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) wrote to the leaders of Johnson & Johnson, GE Healthcare, Siemens USA, Medtronic and Philips USA, to “express serious concerns” about potential cybersecurity vulnerabilities in their medical devices.  From the letter, the rationale for selecting these companies is that together they “control more […]

University of Washington Medicine Agrees to Settle Alleged HIPAA Breach

Last week, the University of Washington Medicine (UWM), an affiliated covered entity that includes multiple entities such as the University of Washington Medical Center, agreed to settle alleged violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) by paying $750,000 and implementing a substantial corrective action plan.