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June 11, 2019

Roy Wyman Discusses Cyber Enforcement After Multistate HIPAA Breach Settlement

LegalTech News

In an article published on June 10 in LegalTech News, Nashville partner Roy Wyman discusses the settlement of the “first-ever” multistate Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)-related data breach lawsuit, which comes after a December filing by 16 states against healthcare IT provider Medical Informatics Engineering, Inc.

With no federal data privacy law in sight, the suit will likely become the norm as more state attorneys general litigate on behalf of their citizens’ HIPAA rights. What’s more, if more states are successful in multistate HIPAA-related data suits, it could encourage companies to lobby strongly for a national data privacy law to settle the confusion borne from multiple statewide data regulations.

“It does underscore the push for having a nationwide privacy law,” explained Wyman. “I think you are seeing more larger companies promoting that with a hope that it will create one enforcement mechanism and limit – in a sense – the liability, because they will be looking at federal enforcement and not the patchwork of different states and potentially 51 different plaintiffs for every breach.”

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