Congressional Committee Joins the Fray in FTC Dispute with LabMD  

As the legal battle between the Federal Trade Commission and LabMD rages on, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform has now gotten involved. The FTC vs. LabMD case will help set a precedent regarding how far the FTC can go to enforce data security practices. But according to a recent article in HealthcareInfoSecurity, the House Committee has notified the FTC it is investigating the security services firm at the center of the dispute between the FTC and LabMD, TIversa. As a result, the FTC’s administrative trial is temporarily on hold.

At the conclusion of this trial there should be more clarity on the FTC’s long-term role as an enforcer of data security. If you are responsible for information privacy and security for your organization, it’s worth watching closely to see how this unfolds.

As more state and federal organizations are wading into the healthcare pool to protect consumers from breaches of their protected health information, strong practices in HIPAA-HITECH compliance, particularly in Risk Analysis and Risk Management, have never been more critical. A panel of experts recently suggested most organizations are not ready for increased enforcement efforts from the Office for Civil Rights and other regulators but that their best bet is to become familiar with and follow NIST standards for Risk Analysis.

How does your organization stack up?

Bob Chaput

CEO at Clearwater Compliance
Bob is the CEO and Founder of Clearwater Compliance. He has 25 years of experience in the Healthcare industry, and his experience includes managing some of the world’s largest HR, benefits and healthcare databases, requiring the highest levels of security and privacy. Mr. Chaput continues to expand and update his knowledge base on HIPAA-HITECH compliance through postgraduate study, earning professional certifications and participating in professional healthcare and other organizations.