Get 'HIP'AA To Digital Medtech Law: More Than Just FDA To Worry About
The digital medtech sector is growing fast. As new companies enter the space, they are going to face oversight from a slew of government agencies and statutes. While FDA is an important focus for medtech, patient privacy and cybersecurity challenges for digital products raise other, significant compliance challenges. Medtech Insight discussed the range of hurdles the digital medtech industry faces with attorneys from Akin Gump.
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