Nine points to help child protection agencies prepare for change

It’s important that Ontario children’s aid societies start addressing pending privacy legislation, says Toronto health lawyer Kate Dewhirst, who has developed a nine-point guideline intended to help in the transition. Read more

Consent is not the last word

By Kate Dewhirst Stay with me. This might be a bit bumpy. Let’s have a deep conversation about consent. And by consent, I mean consent in a health care context. Consent for treatment or for privacy decisions. Read more

Work far from done after approval of Ontario Health Teams

Approved applicants still have work to do to convince the provincial government to designate them an Ontario Health Team (OHT), says Toronto health lawyer Michael Gleeson. Read more

Health care considerations for the multi-parent family

By Lonny Rosen and Elyse Sunshine A new study published by the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) explores the experiences of Canadian polyamorous families during pregnancy and birth. Read more

Is an access-only parent entitled to their child’s health info?

By Kate Dewhirst A father who had access-only of his children complained to the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario (IPC) when he was denied certain details from a health care provider. Read more

AI useful for detecting breaches, but training is vital

Following a successful pilot project, more health-care organizations may be looking to artificial intelligence (AI) to help minimize data breaches — but institutions must have checks and balances in place and implement robust training when rolling out this technology, says Toronto health and corporate lawyer Shanon Grauer. Read more

Issues persist with health workers understanding privacy rules

With cases of health record “snooping” continuing to emerge in Canadian clinics and hospitals, organizations should be sure that they are providing appropriate guidance and training to employees with respect to patient privacy and regularly auditing their own practices, says Toronto health lawyer Elyse Sunshine. Read more

Cyberattacks a health-care lesson in hyper-vigilance

Recent ransomware attacks on three Ontario hospitals is a cautionary tale that should have the province’s health-care providers and boards taking notice, says Toronto health lawyer Mary Jane Dykeman. Read more

Missing persons in Ontario – new police powers

By Kate Dewhirst On July 1 a new law came into effect: the Missing Persons Act, 2018. Healthcare organizations and providers need to know about this new law because there may be new documentation from police you will need to review. Read more

Always consider privacy rights when implementing tech: Rosen

Health professionals can minimize the risk of reputational damage by focusing on privacy when implementing technology, says Toronto health lawyer Lonny Rosen. Read more

Update: No cameras allowed inside health examination rooms

By Kate Dewhirst The Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario (IPC) just released a new blog concluding that a clinic’s use of surveillance cameras violated the Personal Health Information Protection Act of Ontario. Read more

Medical clinic employee fined for health data breaches

EDMONTON — An office assistant has been fined for snooping into two people’s health records while she was an employee at an Edmonton medical clinic. Read more

‘In development’ health teams on cusp of approval: Gleeson

Outside help can push prospective Ontario Health Team (OHT) members judged to be “in development” over the threshold to full applicant status, says Toronto health lawyer Michael Gleeson. Read more

Decision adds context to SCC ruling on end-of-life care

A recent Ontario Superior Court decision advances the law on end-of-life care, says Toronto health lawyer Lonny Rosen. Read more

Systemic solutions required following long-term care inquiry

Government and other stakeholders must work together to address the problems identified by the Long-Term Care Homes Public Inquiry, says Toronto health lawyer Simmie Palter. Read more