Category: Health IT

CareFirst Discloses Data Breach

CareFirst, a Blue Cross Blue Shield plan serving the Washington D.C. metro area, became another in a line of health insurers to suffer a data breach as a result of hackers.  CareFirst and the FBI are examining the breach which potentially compromised 1.1 million customers.  The company reports that although […]

Updated Guide to Privacy and Security of Electronic Information Released by ONC and OCR

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) in collaboration with the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently released its new updated guidance for the privacy and security of electronic information.  The Guide to Privacy and Security of Electronic Health Information (the Guide), last published in 2011, is […]

Lawmakers release new version of 21st Century Cures legislation

Yesterday, a bipartisan group of representatives from the House of Representatives’ Energy and Commerce Committee released a new discussion draft of the 21st Century Cures initiative.  This draft is the latest step in the Committee’s year-long attempt to accelerate new medical innovations and improving the way they are brought to market.  According […]

HIPAA FAQ Series: Do You Need a BAA with Your Cloud Storage Provider?

This week, the HIPAA FAQ series continues with another topic about business associate agreements (BAAs). As most Covered Entities and Business Associates know, in the event that a Covered Entity utilizes a service provider that may have access to Protected Health Information (PHI), a BAA is required. Further, in the event […]

Texas Medical Board Limits The Practice of Telemedicine in the State

The Texas Medical Board (the Board) voted last week to sharply restrict the practice of telemedicine in the state.  The rules adopted by the Board were the culmination of a four-year battle between the Board that licenses and regulates doctors in Texas and a national company based in Dallas that […]

HIPAA FAQ Series: Does HIPAA Permit Communications via E-mail with PHI Subjects?

Last week, we introduced a new series to this blog that will cover frequently asked questions regarding the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).  This week, the series continues by delving into a hot topic that arises frequently: whether it is permissible for Covered Entities and Business Associates to […]

Class Action Following Health Information Data Breach

As we discussed in our previous post, Premera Blue Cross (Premera) recently revealed that it suffered a massive data breach potentially exposing the personal data of 11 million customers.  On Thursday Premera was hit with a proposed class action lawsuit in Washington federal court accusing it of negligence associated with the […]

Early 2015 Federal Policy Developments Impacting Medical Technology Companies

Health care is always a major issue in Washington, DC but recently how to promote innovation in medtech has become a priority within that conversation. Thus far, 2015 has produced a major legislative initiative in the form of 21st Century Cures, a significant report from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) […]

Another Large Scale Data Breach Announced by Premera Blue Cross

Premera Blue Cross revealed Tuesday it was hit by a sophisticated cyber attack potentially exposing personal data for approximately 11 million of its members including members, employees and others with whom it does business, dating back to as early as 2002.  The insurer said its investigation revealed the initial malware attack occurred on May […]

The FTC Stakes Its Claim for Regulating Digital Health

Not wanting to be left out of the digital heath conversation, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has increased its level of activity. On January 27th, the FTC released its Internet of Things (IoT) report and last week the Commission entered into a consent agreement with a software developer who claimed its […]