Louisville Business First: This is the biggest concern for health care lawyers

Originally Published in Louisville Business First | February 6, 2017 | By Chris Larson

Health care lawyers who represent mid- to large-scale American health care systems have very clear concerns for their companies in the year ahead.

Consero Group, a Bethesda, Md.-based senior executive conference planning group, and Broad and Cassel LLP, an Orlando-based law firm, released a survey titled “Healthcare General Counsel Report” that reported responses from 54 general counsels in the health care industry about their concerns and areas of focus for their work.

Of the lawyers surveyed, 75 percent identified data privacy and security as a “top area of risk,” and 47 percent said they believed their organization was not prepared to handle the legal repercussions of a cybersecurity breach.

“General counsel in this field must work across functions to protect their hospitals and healthcare systems from data breaches while managing all of the other regulatory and compliance matters that impact their organizations,” Paul Mandell, CEO and co-founder of Consero Group, said in a news release.

Mandell also said the findings of the survey suggest that cybersecurity will take up a lot of time for the legal teams of health departments.

Robert Azar, system vice president and chief legal officer for Norton Healthcare Inc., told The National Law Journal that information technology “has outpaced everyone’s comfort level.”

“It’s just daunting,” Azar said of the proliferation of electronic medical records and how little control health systems have over patient interaction with online patient portals and other technology, according to The National Law Journal report.

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