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Top Tips and Traps for Cyber Insurance Buyers

Although the National Cybersecurity Awareness Month of October has come to a close, it is not too late for corporate counsel and risk managers to be thinking about cyber-risk insurance — an increasingly essential tool in the enterprise risk management toolkit. But a prospective policyholder purchasing cyber insurance for the first time may be hard … Continue Reading

Digital Health Checkup (Part Two): Key Commercial Questions When Contracting for Digital Health Solutions

In the second of a three-part series, Covington’s global cross-practice Digital Health team considers some additional key questions that companies across the life sciences, technology, and communications industries should be asking as they seek to fit together the regulatory and commercial pieces of the complex digital health puzzle. Key Commercial Questions When Contracting for Digital … Continue Reading

The UK’s Life Sciences Industrial Strategy: Digital Health Implications

On August 30, the UK government published a report by Professor Sir John Bell of Oxford University providing a number of recommendations to government to ensure the long term success of the life sciences sector in the UK (Life Sciences Industry Strategy).  This blog post summarises the key recommendations and observations made from a digital … Continue Reading

European Cloud in Health Advisory Council Calls For Review of eHealth Rules and Ethics of Medical Data Re-Use

On May 11, 2017, the European Cloud in Health Advisory Council (ECHAC) – a group of healthcare organizations, technology companies and patient representatives  –  launched its second whitepaper focused on use of data to improve health outcomes and delivery of care. ECHAC launched the whitepaper at an eHealth Week 2017 session attended by ECHAC participants and … Continue Reading

UK Government Considering New Patient Data Security and Research Consent Standards, Sanctions

The UK Government has opened a consultation, running until September 7, 2016, regarding how UK National Health Service (NHS) patient data should be safeguarded, and how it could be used for purposes other than direct care (e.g. scientific research). The consultation comes after two parallel-track reviews of information governance and data security arrangements in the … Continue Reading

CMS Marks Success with Fraud Prevention System’s “Big Data” Effort

Over the past five years, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) has used “big data” and predictive analytics approaches to fight fraud, waste, and abuse in the Medicare fee-for-service program. According to a recent post on the official CMS blog, the Fraud Prevention System’s “big data” effort has given CMS the ability to … Continue Reading

Health Care Companies Agree to “Core Commitments” to Improve Access to EHR

Last month, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that a number of large health care companies and providers had “agreed to implement three core commitments” to improve access to electronic health records (EHR).  HHS touted the commitments as a significant step toward increased EHR interoperability.… Continue Reading

FDA Regulatory Science Priorities Address Use of Data, Health Information Technology

On October 20, 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) released its top ten Regulatory Science Priorities for FY 2016 to facilitate improvements in the safety and effectiveness of medical devices and accelerate innovation. Several of the priorities would harness health information technology or health data to … Continue Reading

UK Government Launches Cybersecurity Service for Healthcare Organizations

Earlier today, on the InsidePrivacy blog, our colleagues Mark Young and Phil Bradley-Schmieg posted a summary of the UK government’s announcement of a new national service providing expert cybersecurity advice to entities within the National Health Service (NHS) and the UK’s broader healthcare system.  The project, called CareCERT (Care Computing Emergency Response Team), is aiming for a … Continue Reading

CMS Releases Additional Medicare Data; Expands Access to Data for “Commercial” Purposes

Last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) made additional Medicare data publicly available and expanded the permissible uses of other data. For the third consecutive year, CMS released hospital-specific data on inpatient and outpatient charges, Medicare payments, and utilization for common Medicare procedures.  CMS also released similar data on physicians and other … Continue Reading

Moving to the Cloud: Privacy and Other Key Considerations for Healthcare Entities

Last week, as part of our Life Sciences Essentials series, Covington hosted a webinar discussion of issues facing life sciences companies as they increasingly utilize cloud services to collect, aggregate, store and process data. The webinar is available here, and the slides can be viewed here. Panelists and topics included: Anna Kraus — HIPAA and … Continue Reading

CMS Releases Part D Prescriber-Level Data as Part of Larger Transparency Effort; Some Stakeholders Express Concern

On April 30, 2015, CMS released a massive new dataset with information on the over one billion prescription drug claims made by 36 million Medicare beneficiaries enrolled in the Part D drug benefit in 2013. CMS stated that the release was part of the Obama Administration’s larger effort to increase transparency in the healthcare system.… Continue Reading

House Cures Draft Includes Provisions to Expand Access to Data, Facilitate Research

On April 29, 2015, members of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee released a revised discussion draft of the 21st Century Cures Act (“Cures”). The draft bill includes a number of provisions intended to facilitate drug, biologic, and medical device discovery and development through greater collection and dissemination of data and the use of … Continue Reading

President Obama Announces Precision Medicine Initiative, Presses for Cybersecurity Legislation

This year’s State of the Union address included little explicit discussion of health IT, but did highlight two areas that could have significant implications for health IT: the President announced a new “Precision Medicine Initiative” and also urged Congress to pass legislation to combat cyber attacks and prevent identity theft. While the address was scant … Continue Reading

JP Morgan Conference Highlights eHealth Technologies, Data-Driven Therapeutics

The excitement around eHealth innovations was palpable throughout San Francisco this week as the annual JP Morgan healthcare conference flooded the city.  JP Morgan itself offered panels and presentations from industry leaders and emerging companies, while simultaneously occurring conferences, speaker programs, and networking events throughout San Francisco featured discussions on the changing face of healthcare … Continue Reading

PCORI Announces $150 Million to Support Continued Development of Clinical Research Network

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), the nonprofit corporation tasked with advancing comparative clinical effectiveness research, recently released two funding announcements to support Phase II of its effort to create a National Patient-Centered Clinical Research Network, or PCORnet. PCORnet is intended to be a national network providing wide access to health data for clinical outcomes … Continue Reading

Welcome to Covington eHealth

While Covington eHealth is a new publication, lawyers at Covington & Burling LLP have been writing on topics related to eHealth for many years, including on other Covington blogs. Below is a selection of eHealth-related articles posted to other Covington blogs in the first half of 2014. We encourage you to visit our other sites … Continue Reading

CMS Designates Chief Data Officer to Lead New Data and Analytics Office

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced in late November that it has designated the agency’s first “Chief Data Officer” to lead a new Office of Enterprise Data and Analytics (OEDA).  Niall Brennan will serve as the agency’s CDO and his office will oversee “improvements in data collection and dissemination as the agency strives to … Continue Reading
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