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PRESS RELEASE: Ostendio Announces Partnership with Nixon Law Group

PRESS RELEASE: Ostendio Announces Partnership with Nixon Law Group

Ostendio, a leading provider of cybersecurity and risk management solutions, today announced that they have partnered with Nixon Law Group, a boutique healthcare law firm headquartered in Virginia, to make it easier for organizations to comply with the ever-changing healthcare privacy regulatory requirements. This partnership brings together a leading-edge software platform with top-tier healthcare attorneys to help organizations better navigate the highly regulated healthcare industry.

CLIENT ALERT: FDA Pilot Program Seeking Software Developers

CLIENT ALERT: FDA Pilot Program Seeking Software Developers

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is currently accepting requests from medical software developers to participate in a precertification pilot program that is scheduled to begin September 1, 2017.  The program is aimed at developing precertification criteria for software companies that would allow approved companies to engage in a streamlined premarket review process for certain digital health products.  The FDA will accept up to nine participants for the pilot program, which the Agency says will include both large, established software developers and small startup companies.

CLIENT ALERT: Remedial Measures for eClinicalWorks Customers Under the  Corporate Integrity Agreement

CLIENT ALERT: Remedial Measures for eClinicalWorks Customers Under the Corporate Integrity Agreement

On May 31, 2017, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that electronic health records (EHR) vendor eClinicalWorks (ECW), along with certain individual officers and employees, have agreed to pay a total of $155 million to settle a lawsuit under the False Claims Act (FCA). In its Complaint-in- Intervention, the government alleged ECW falsified compliance with certification requirements for EHR under the Meaningful Use program. The programming shortcuts ECW allegedly took in developing its software, along with inadequate post-market support and patches, could expose providers to increased risk of errors and jeopardize patient care. If you or your practice uses the eClinicalWorks software, you should be aware of ECW’s obligations and your rights under the Corporate Integrity Agreement (CIA).

The Price of Overpromising

The Price of Overpromising

Health IT vendors are under incredible pressure to represent to customers that their hardware and software solutions are impervious to cyber threats. Pick any major trade show and the first line you'll hear from exhibitors is that their solution is HIPAA-compatible, and, even more misleading, HIPAA-compliant. It's important that vendors understand overstating security protocols and capabilities can have major legal and financial implications.