WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – The Federal Trade Commission
(FTC) announced that, after a public comment period, it has approved a final
order that resolves allegations Henry Schein Practice Solutions Inc. falsely
advertised the level of encryption it provided to protect patient data.
The FTC alleged that Schein marketed its Dentrix G5 software
to dental practices with claims that it provided encryptions for sensitive
patient data that met industry standards. According to the FTC, these claims
were false. The level of encryption actually did not meet regulatory obligations
as mandated by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
Under the settlement, which was first announced in January,
Schein will have to pay $250,000 to the FTC. Additionally, the company cannot
mislead consumers about the level of encryption it provides. It cannot deceive
these consumers about whether its products ensure regulatory compliance to
Schein has been mandated to notify consumers who purchased
Dentrix G5 during the period of alleged misleading advertising. It must provide
the FTC with reports on how the notification program is going.
The FTC voted 3-0 to approve the final order and letters to