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  • Agencies Encourage New Privacy Regulations to Close the mHealth Black Hole and Keep Pace with Evolving Technologies

    The National Law Review

    On July 19, 2016, the ONC1 submitted a report to Congress which suggests that health privacy regulations soon may be revised to catch up with the universe of mHealth technologies that now use and share personal health data2. The report, titled Examining Oversight of the Privacy and Security of Health Data Collected by Entities (the "Report"), was drafted by the ONC in collaboration with the Office for Civil Rights ("OCR") and US Federal Trade Commission ("FTC"). The Report summarizes the regulatory construct currently protecting the privacy of personal health information held by covered entities (and their business associates)3 and outlines the agencies' concerns regarding the lack of similar regulatory oversight over health data usage by mHealth technology developers and other businesses falling outside the scope of HIPAA4 (each, referred to as a "Non-Covered Entity" or "NCE"). Since HIPAA's passage in 1996, health data usage has evolved beyond the simple chart review in the doctor's office or processing of an insurance claim. Scores of new businesses and technologies have emerged that utilize health data in increasingly innovative ways. 

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  • Arkansas' New Telemedicine Rules Small Step Forward

    The National Law Review

    The Arkansas Legislative Council’s Rules and Regulations Subcommittee approved, on August 16, 2016, proposed regulations which, if accepted by the Arkansas Legislative Council, will remove some restrictions on telemedicine providers in a state that enjoyed the lowest ranking among all states in the American Telemedicine Association’s most recent report. Currently, Arkansas Code 17-80-117, enacted in April 2015, and Regulation No. 2(8), require an initial in-person encounter to establish a valid physician-patient relationship. Following the issuance of draft rules last October and the release of proposed amendments in April, the Legislative Subcommittee gave its final approval in August to amend Arkansas’ prior practice standards for telemedicine by revising the text of Regulation No. 2(8)(A) and (B). These amendments allow a doctor to establish a valid relationship with a patient, without the need for an in-person exam, if the doctor “performs a face to face examination using real time audio and visual telemedicine technology that provides information at least equal to such information as would have been obtained by an in-person examination.” The revised regulation will become effective August 26.

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  • Europe Urged to Support U.S.-Based Telehealth Standards

    mHealth Intelligence

    Five nations and a region in Spain are looking to the U.S. for help in pushing the needle on telehealth adoption in Europe.n a three-page letter sent in June to Europe’s 28-member eHealth Network and the European Commission to promote eHealth policies, healthcare officials from Sweden, Finland, Austria, Denmark, Norway and Spain’s Catalonia region ask for, among other things, “a European evaluation of an end-to-end interoperability framework based on international standards for personal connected health.” he officials cite barriers familiar to telehealth advocates in the U.S.: healthcare systems reluctant to update legacy IT systems that can’t easily support new technology, and a hesitance to adopt open standards that would enable interoperability.

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