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Kirk Nahra Discusses Privacy Concerns With Medical Devices 

August 6, 2015

Kirk J. Nahra, chair of Wiley Rein’s Privacy Practice and co-chair of the Health Care Practice, was quoted in a HealthcareInfoSecurity article discussing a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warning that urges health care organizations to discontinue using a specific line of medical devices because of cybersecurity issues.

Mr. Nahra explained that medical device security and privacy concerns are “tremendously challenging.”  “They are a true ‘cyber’ risk rather than a more traditional data security risk, because it isn't the personal information that is really at risk, but the direct health of the patient. It puts a burden on providers to have confidence in what they are suggesting for patients - and to always question when a device company says their product is ‘HIPAA compliant’,” he pointed out.

If a patient is harmed because of the use of one of these devices, Mr. Nahra said, “for any lawsuits, everyone involved is likely to get sued, so this is a real challenge for everyone that may create real impediments to new—and potentially useful—healthcare technology looking ahead.”

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