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April 12th, 2016
New Online Tool Helps Mobile App Developers Manage Healthcare Compliance
Here is some news about an important new resource for mobile app developers working in the healthcare space. To help healthcare app developers assess which laws and regulations apply to their apps, the FTC, the Office of Civil Rights, and three federal healthcare agencies have teamed up on a new, easy-to-use, web-based tool. Now, by answering 10 yes-or-no questions, a developer can quickly determine important information - such as whether the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) or the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic (FD&C) Act apply.
This tool was created because while mobile health related products are on the rise, compliance with health-related laws and regulations continue to be difficult to navigate. For example, the question of whether a health care vendor is a "business associate" under HIPPA, requiring it to implement stringent privacy and data security safeguards, is far from straightforward. And the question of whether the FDA considers your app to pose "minimal risk" (obviating the need to comply with the FD&C Act) is often difficult to discern. The new tool helps take some of the guess-work out of these and other important threshold questions.
Although the tool does not eliminate the need for legal advice, it may help streamline the first steps in your analysis.
For more information about this new online resource, or other data security and privacy developments, please contact S. Gregory Boyd, CIPPM at (212) 826 5581 or firstname.lastname@example.org, Jeremy S. Goldman, CIPP/US at (310) 579 9611 or email@example.com, Jessica Smith at (212) 705 4876 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or any other member of the Frankfurt Kurnit Technology Group.
Other Technology Law Alerts
Risky Business Just Got Riskier - DOJ Changes Stance on Internet Gambling
Last week the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) made waves in the online gambling industry with an Opinion interpreting the Wire Act (18 U.S.C. § 1084). In the Opinion, DOJ's Office of Legal Counsel concluded that most sections of the Wire Act are not limited to sports-related wagers and instead prohibit the use of interstate wires for any bets or wagers. Read more.
January 23 2019
Video Games With Advanced Communications Services Must Now Be Accessible to Players With Disabilities
An important legal waiver recently expired and as a result, video game developers and publishers must now ensure that new and substantially upgraded games comply with the accessibility requirements of the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (“CVAA”). Read more.
January 7 2019
Shields On: 9th Circuit Strengthens Legal Defense for Video Game Developers
There's good news for game developers who incorporate real-world elements in their games. On October 20, 2017, the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed a trial court decision which found that Gran Turismo, a Sony video game, was an expressive work entitled to First Amendment protection Read more.
November 2 2017