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Nurse's request for closed-door hearing an uphill battle

In today’s age of transparency, it will be difficult for a lawyer to successfully argue that a nurse accused of snooping through the health records of roughly 300 patients ... Read more

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A need for sexuality policies in long-term care homes?

A recent case in Iowa that focused on questions about when a person is no longer mentally capable of consenting to sex highlights important legal issues that are becoming ... Read more

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Decision raises questions about a child's consent to treatment

By Mary Jane Dykeman A case that has received recent scrutiny relates to the vaccination of a child when one parent wishes it to occur and the other opposes it. The ... Read more

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Stress management is all about time management

For Toronto health lawyer Kate Dewhirst , keeping stress levels under control is all about time management and planning. “It’s really about recognizing that there ... Read more

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When a patient's access to care conflicts with a doctor's beliefs

While it is well established that a physician owes a duty to his or her patients, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario has changed its policy on doctors and the Human ... Read more

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Webinar to provide insight on physician-assisted suicide laws

On April 24, Toronto health lawyer Mary Jane Dykeman will be part of an expert panel to provide an update on the law around physician-assisted suicide following the Supreme ... Read more

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Recommendations for QCIPA a good step forward

The recommendations made by the Quality of Care Information Protection Act (QCIPA) Review Committee are a positive start to bringing about change to the ... Read more

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Prevention of privacy breaches: Guidance from the Commissioner

By Lonny Rosen and Elyse Sunshine The Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario (“IPC”) recently released a new resource document, “ Detecting and ... Read more

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Psychotherapy Act, 2007 proclaimed in force: the implications

    By Lonny Rosen and Elyse Sunshine In a surprise move, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care  announced  on March 31, that the  ... Read more

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Colleges disclosing more info is a 'significant' change

The drive for more transparency by the colleges that oversee health professionals in Ontario is understandable, but making more information public won’t necessarily ... Read more

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Canadian couple sues sperm bank

Angela Collins and Margaret Elizabeth Hanson thought they were opting for a highly educated man with an ``impressive health history'' when they selected a donor from a U.S.-based ... Read more

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Dykeman to chair Osgoode healthcare privacy program

Toronto health lawyer Mary Jane Dykeman will chair the upcoming 2015 Legal Guide to Privacy and Information Management in Healthcare program, run by Osgoode Professional ... Read more

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Christian doctors challenge Ontario college's new referral policy

TORONTO – Doctors with religious or moral objections to procedures such as abortion and assisted suicide should not be forced to provide referrals that will facilitate ... Read more

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Careful management of a privacy breach a must

It’s important for privacy officers and all health information custodians to obtain legal advice and to tread carefully when dealing with privacy breaches or investigations, ... Read more

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Undertakings can manage some concerns about physicians

Undertakings can be an effective means by which to address concerns about physicians’ practices, Toronto health lawyer Lonny Rosen  tells the Toronto Star .  ... Read more

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Patients' right to sue hospitals may have big impact on public purse

The Ontario Court of Appeal decision that makes it possible for patients to sue hospitals and other health-care organizations for privacy breaches could potentially ... Read more

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Appeal case allows patients to sue hospitals: Sunshine

An Ontario Court of Appeal decision that gives patients the right to sue hospitals – and any other health information custodian – is an important ruling that will have ... Read more

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SCC ruling on assisted suicide carries many implications for physicians, regulatory regime required

Toronto health lawyer Elyse Sunshine  says it’s critical that physicians pay close attention to any regulatory changes that may affect them in the months following the ... Read more

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Ontario’s IPC launches new resources to guard against snooping

By Kate Dewhirst The  Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario  launched a new campaign called “Is snooping on patients worth It?” See  ... Read more

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Legislation safeguarding health care integrity receives Royal Assent

By Kate Dewhirst On July 22, 2014, the Ontario government introduced Bill 21, the  Safeguarding Health Care Integrity Act, 2014 . Bill 21 received Royal Assent on ... Read more

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