HIPAA

By Jonah Comstock January 25, 2016
Employee wellness programs have the potential to save money for companies and reduce hospitalizations for employees, so provisions in the Affordable Care Act encourage businesses to implement them. But if those programs include mandatory or incentivized health screenings, they can conflict with another, older federal statute: The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which prohibits employers...
By Jonah Comstock December 14, 2015
Hackensack, New Jersey-based Vidyo, a videoconferencing company that works with healthcare stakeholders, has raised a $10 million strategic investment from Kaiser Permanente Ventures and another $5 million from existing investors.   “Kaiser Permanente Ventures is committed to partnering with innovative organizations that support our work to improve the health of patients and the communities we...
By Jonah Comstock November 2, 2015
Just last week, the Consumer Electronics Association released guidelines about privacy policies for health and fitness devices. At the Partners Healthcare Connected Health Symposium in Boston last week, a panel of experts also had some ideas about maintaining privacy and security in the world of health and fitness devices -- a world where HIPAA often doesn't apply. Right now, the biggest...
By Jonah Comstock October 13, 2015
Health Gorilla, a Sunnyvale, California-based company that just released a clinical communication platform, raised $2.4 million from  Data Collective, with additional contributions from True Ventures, Harris Barton, Orfin Ventures and Venture Investment Associates. This brings the company's total funding to $4.4 million. The recently launched Health Gorilla Clinical Network, a HIPAA-compliant and...
By Jonah Comstock September 16, 2015
Fitbit Surge Fitbit's Corporate Wellness arm officially became a HIPAA compliant platform, announced Target as a new client, which will offer Fitbits to its 335,000 US employees, and showed off a new software offering that will facilitate fitness competitions among employees in large, distributed companies. Fitbit Wellness has been around almost since the beginning, but is lately one of the ...
By Brian Dolan August 17, 2015
As more and more mobile devices embed biometric sensors, mostly for health and fitness tracking, the market for using biometrics for identifying and authenticating people is trending up, according to a recent report from analyst firm Tractica. The group also points to the healthcare industry as one of the most promising sectors for adoption of biometric authentication. Tractica believes that...
By Jonah Comstock July 27, 2015
The National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE), a division of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has penned a five-part draft guidance on cybersecurity for mobile devices that connect to electronic health records. The guidance includes a step-by-step how-to guide for improving data security that uses commercially available and open source tools and technologies, as...
By Jonah Comstock April 13, 2015
A brain training game fined by the FTC earlier this year. Developers of mobile health apps need to be mindful of regulation from a number of different quarters. Among others, developers need to be aware of the FDA, OCR (HIPAA), and the FTC, which is increasingly regulating areas that would seem to be the purview of one of the other two groups. At a HIMSS session on mobile and digital health...
By Aditi Pai February 5, 2015
The Center for Innovative Technology GAP Fund has invested an undisclosed amount in Ostendio, a DC-based company that developed a software-as-a-service offering aimed at helping health IT companies better achieve and prove HIPAA compliance. CIT GAP Fund, a group of seed and early-stage investment funds, invests in Virginia-based technology, life science, and cleantech startups. Ostendio was...
By Jonah Comstock January 26, 2015
HHS' Office of Civil Rights, which oversees the administration of HIPAA, will begin working closely with mobile health companies to make sure HIPAA rules are clear and unambiguous, according to a letter HHS sent to Representatives Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Tom Marino (R-PA) in November. The letter, signed by HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell, was sent in response to a request Marino and DeFazio sent in...

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