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Volume: 5 Issue: 7
(July 2018)

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after labmd questions remain healthcare sector massive data breaches threats medical devices internet persons healthcare entities too familiar rising

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After LabMD, questions remain for the healthcare sector

Massive data breaches. Threats to medical devices. The Internet of Persons. Healthcare entities are all too familiar with the rising cyber threat. But they are also familiar with the complex array of laws and regulations in the United States that attempt to address the threat and the potentially significant compliance costs and risks caused by that complexity. The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit’s recent and long-awaited decision in LabMD v. Federal Trade Commission, which trimmed the sails of one of the primary regulators of the healthcare information security landscape, may thus appear to some, at first blush, to be a necessary corrective. Yet closer inspection shows that the Eleventh Circuit’s decision raises more questions than it answers - and that its true implications will only become clear once we see how federal regulators, the courts, and perhaps Congress respond, as Christopher Fonzone and Kate Heinzelman of Sidley Austin LLP explain.

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