Congress

By Jonah Comstock July 19, 2016
The ONC issued a report to Congress today laying out the gaps that exist in health data protection. The report opines at length about non-covered entities (NCEs), the large swath of consumer-facing companies that aren’t subject to HIPAA. “The wearable fitness trackers, social media sites where individuals share health information through specific social networks, and other technologies that are...
By Jonah Comstock February 3, 2016
A bipartisan group of US Senators led by Brian Schatz (D-HI) has introduced new telemedicine legislation that would move to waive restrictions on Medicare telehealth coverage that many consider antiquated or arbitrary. In addition to a coalition of six senators and three representatives, the bill has the support of the American Medical Association, the American Telemedicine Association, and a...
By Jonah Comstock August 10, 2015
CareScape V100, a GE patient monitor. Despite protestations from the American Hospital Association and a cadre of 16 Republican members of Congress, the FCC decided at its August meeting to allow unlicensed devices to use some of the spectrum previously reserved for medical devices. The AHA and the Representatives both sent letters to the FCC in the last days of July, urging them to postpone...
By Jonah Comstock January 4, 2013
On December 30th, at the very end of the 112th Congress, Rep. Mike Thompson (D-Cali.) introduced a comprehensive bill to improve Medicare and Medicaid coverage of telehealth. This isn't new territory for Thompson; he introduced some major telehealth legislation as a California State Senator in the 1990s. The latest bill's definition of "telehealth" covers various health services delivered...
By Brian Dolan December 4, 2012
As expected, Silicon Valley's Congressman Mike Honda (D-CA) introduced a bill this week that -- among other things -- seeks to create an Office of Wireless Health at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). While the bill has been talked about in the past few weeks, its specific details have only now been made public. The bill also calls for a HIPAA-focused developer support program at HHS, an X...
By Brian Dolan August 18, 2011
After two years of research and a joint effort between groups of security experts working at separate academic institutions, a professor and a graduate student showed attendees at hacker conferences Black Hat and Defcon how to build a "cheap" $1,000 system to mimic the control mechanism on a pacemaker. The researchers were able to eavesdrop on private data that identified the patient, doctor,...
By Brian Dolan March 24, 2010
On page 526 of the more than 2,300 page healthcare reform bill that President Barack Obama signed earlier this week is a proposal for states to support the use of wireless health technology for chronic disease management: "A proposal for use of health information technology in providing health home services under this section and improving service delivery and coordination across the care...