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Sara Helene Shanti is a partner in the Corporate Practice Group in the firm's Chicago office.

This week, in a significant win for the American Hospital Association plaintiff, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas issued an opinion vacating the Department of Health and Human Services’ (“HHS”) guidance on the use of online tracking technologies under HIPAA. At the heart of the dispute was the guidance released by HHS in December of 2022 and then updated again in March of 2024 (collectively, the “Guidance”), which suggested that information collected from unauthenticated website visitors could be considered protected health information (“PHI”) under HIPAA. The Guidance was challenged by hospitals and healthcare providers who argued it exceeded HHS’ statutory authority under HIPAA and imposed unreasonable compliance burdens.Continue Reading HIPAA Web Tracking Guidance Vacated

The healthcare sector is undergoing a transformative phase due in large part to the integration of digital technologies into every-day care. At the forefront of this revolution is Remote Patient Monitoring (“RPM”), a technology that appears poised to redefine the industry’s approach to care. In the ninth episode of Sheppard Mullin’s Health-e Law Podcast, Vipul Kella, M.D., Chief Medical Officer at Physio AI, sheds light on how RPM is revolutionizing the healthcare landscape, with Sheppard Mullin’s Digital Health Team co-chairs, Sara Shanti and Phil Kim.Continue Reading Remote Patient Monitoring Innovating Health Tech: A Discussion with Dr. Vipul Kella

Emerging technologies are prompting a revolution in women’s healthcare through advanced diagnostic testing. In the sixth episode of Sheppard Mullin’s Health-e Law Podcast, Deirdre O’Neill, Chief Commercial & Legal Officer at Hertility Health, shed light on trends in women’s healthcare and technology with Sheppard Mullin’s Digital Health Team co-chairs, Sara Shanti and Phil Kim.Continue Reading FemTech Meets DiagnosTech: A Discussion with Deirdre O’Neill

In the rapidly evolving landscape of digital health, gamification has emerged as a powerful tool to enhance patient engagement and improve health outcomes. In the fifth episode of Sheppard Mullin’s Health-e Law Podcast, Craig Lund, co-founder and CEO of Mightier, shed light on this innovative technology with Sheppard Mullin’s Digital Health Team co-chairs, Sara Shanti and Phil Kim.Continue Reading Gamification – Playing for Health: A Discussion with Craig Lund

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recently released the long anticipated Final Rule to revise the Confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Patient Records regulations at 42 C.F.R. Part 2 (Part 2).Continue Reading HHS Announces 42 Part 2 Final Rule to Align with HIPAA

The 21st-century healthcare landscape has been dramatically shaped by the rise of digitized healthcare solutions aimed at making healthcare more accessible, affordable, and personalized. In the third episode of Sheppard Mullin’s Health-e Law Podcast, Viveka Rydell-Anderson, the CEO of Pacific Vision Foundation, delved into the increasing relevance of digital health technology, particularly in the area of specialized care, with Sheppard Mullin’s Digital Health Team co-chairs, Sara Shanti and Phil Kim.Continue Reading Digital Health to the Rescue – Improving Access to Specialized Care: A Discussion with Viveka Rydell-Anderson

Recent developments in Artificial Intelligence (AI) have been transforming several sectors, and the healthcare industry is no exception. In the second episode of Sheppard Mullin’s Health-e Law Podcast, Jim Gatto, a partner at Sheppard Mullin and the co-leader of its AI Team, explores the significant implications and challenges of incorporating AI into the healthcare industry with Sheppard Mullin’s Digital Health Team co-chairs, Sara Shanti and Phil Kim.Continue Reading AI as an Aid – Emerging Uses in Healthcare: A Discussion with Jim Gatto

In the inaugural episode of Sheppard Mullin’s Health-e Law podcast, renowned expert Dr. Laura Tully, Vice President of Clinical Services at ChatOwl, discussed emerging issues for health-tech’s data collection and use activities with Sheppard Mullin’s Digital Health Team co-chairs, Sara Shanti and Phil Kim.Continue Reading In Tech We Trust? The Case for Transparency: A Discussion with Dr. Laura Tully

Sheppard Mullin’s Healthcare Team has launched “Health-e Law”, a new podcast dedicated to the interaction between technology and health. Each episode will cover innovations that impact health care in bite-sized, 15-minute episodes, that will keep listeners updated on the fascinating health-tech topics and trends of the day. Our Digital Health Team, alongside experts and thought leaders, will share how innovations can solve some of health care’s (and maybe the world’s) biggest problems, if properly navigated. Health-e Law is hosted by partners Sara Shanti and Phil Kim and associate Michael Sutton.Continue Reading Health-e Law Launches: New Podcast Covers Health-Tech and Law

Last week’s historic executive order (EO) on the development and use of artificial intelligence (AI) is teeming with urgency, both in caution and optimism, to keep pace with the technological advancements. The EO addresses the duality of AI—its promising utility and disconcerting risks—across a range of public and private sectors, including healthcare. Below are five key takeaways from the EO for the healthcare industry.Continue Reading AI’s Executive Order and Its Key Healthcare Implications 

On November 2, 2023, the American Hospital Association and Texas Hospital Association, in conjunction with the Texas Health Resources and United Regional Health Care System, filed suit against the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) and the Director of the HHS Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) regarding OCR’s guidance on the use of online tracking technologies by HIPAA entities.[i] This action and its results will impact how healthcare entities must protect and may use certain information collected on their digital sites.Continue Reading Caught in the Web: Hospital Associations Sue OCR on Third-Party Web Tracking Guidance