Aug 26 2019

BOSTON—Greatly improved data collection and information sharing continues to transform how healthcare professionals treat their patients. The increased sophistication of personal health information allows providers to find solutions that best fit the individual patient’s needs.

However, this trend, combined with the increased use of cloud computing applications, the use of mobile devices, and other factors, means that patients’ personal data is increasingly at risk. Womble Bond Dickinson attorney Peter McLaughlin recently wrote on cybersecurity issues in the healthcare and life sciences industries for Womble Bond Dickinson’s Hey Data Data blog , and that article now has been published by the National Law Review.

“No one can depend on the traditional cyber walls and moats in the new paradigm of loosely connected computing and data devices. What is needed is more aggressive self-assessment, with the understanding that “offense can inform defense,’” McLaughlin writes. “Just as the move toward patient-generated data is transforming care, the growth in personally generated identity is transforming health-related information security. Proactive self-assessment and self-security are needed to allow identification and remediation at the individual level.”

Click here to read “Prescription: Better Cybersecurity Hygiene in Digital Health and Life Sciences” in the National Law Review.

Peter McLaughlin is a Privacy & Data Security attorney who advises clients with respect to a broad range of technology transactions, privacy and security issues. While maintaining a broad privacy practice, McLaughlin focuses on innovative uses of data, especially with the life sciences and digital health sectors. He also guides clients in their domestic and international handling of personal information; new product development; and the assessment of legally defensible cybersecurity programs.