I spoke yesterday at the Massachusetts Bar Association’s “Hot Topics in Healthcare” program. (Webcast live, and available behind a paywall at the link.)

I presented an overview of digital health: consumer and provider facing apps, big data analytics and mobile health devices. We discussed privacy and security issues surrounding the collection and use of individual data, whether or not it is covered by HIPAA or the FTC data breach rules applicable to PHRs, questions surrounding the utility of mHealth applications and their regulation by the FDA, overlapping guidance and jurisdiction of OCR, FTC and ONC — and the recent 23andMe saga.

The program chair and my co-panelists presented fascinating insights into a whole host of issues of interest: mental health parity, medical marijuana from the physician’s perspective, state regulation of accountable care organizations, the state’s all-payor database, regulatory and market challenges facing the hospital industry and the final version of the HIPAA breach notification rule.

First Posted at HealthBlawg on 12/11/2013

David Harlow
David Harlow LD is a health care lawyer, consultant, blogger, and thought leader. He is Host of Healthblawg, an award-winning blog highly regarded in both the legal and health policy blogging worlds. He is also Principal of The Harlow Group LLC, a health care law and consulting firm based in Boston, MA. His 25 years of experience in the public and private sectors affords him a unique perspective on legal, policy and business issues facing the health care community. David is also associated with the Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media, the Society for Participatory Medicine, HealthWorks Collective, and FierceHealthIT.


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