Health

Top five tips for confidentiality agreements

Regulators must take care when sharing confidential information with third parties, says Burlington health lawyer Cathi Mietkiewicz. Read more

Court provides guidance to discipline committees on reasonable penalties

By Elyse Sunshine and Lonny Rosen In a recent decision, the Divisional Court (the Court) provided guidance regarding the criteria and principles of interpretation that should be considered when determining the appropriate penalty for professional misconduct. Read more

Does your organization need a ‘back-up’ privacy officer?

By Kate Dewhirst Yup — you do! I have heard from a lot of healthcare teams recently that they have been struggling with vacation, sick days, leaves of absence and unexpected departures from the privacy office. Read more

Change in long-term care homes requires holistic response

If adopted, recommendations to address systemic failings identified by a public inquiry into long-term care homes in Ontario could result in new staffing models and improved medication management systems, says Toronto health lawyer Lisa Corrente. Read more

Questions remain over ‘laudable’ 911 service change proposal

The provincial government’s proposal to amend regulations around how ambulance and the 911 services work has some laudable goals along with potential hotspots, says Toronto health lawyer Elyse Sunshine. Read more

Are paper health records dangerous?

By Kate Dewhirst While we live in a highly digitized world, we still rely a lot on paper in healthcare. As we move towards even more integrated care, the reliance on and existence of paper health records will be a challenge to overcome. Read more

Ontario Health Teams bring together a variety of care providers

Providing a full continuum of care within a geographic region is the key to acceptance for many prospective members of Ontario Health Teams (OHT), says Toronto health lawyer Michael Gleeson. Read more

Rosen returns to alma mater to teach health law course

Toronto health lawyer Lonny Rosen returns to his roots this fall as an adjunct professor at Osgoode Hall Law School. Read more

Pay heed to health regulator’s advertising rules: Mietkiewicz

Health-care professionals should educate themselves on their regulators’ advertising rules before making claims about their practice, says Burlington health lawyer Cathi Mietkiewicz. Read more

Obligations to report where patients may be unfit to drive

By Lonny Rosen and Elyse Sunshine Imagine this scenario: your patient recently had a seizure for which he saw a neurologist. He was diagnosed with epilepsy. Read more

Does your health-care team know what a privacy breach looks like?

By Kate Dewhirst Your privacy policy likely requires all staff members to “report any privacy breach” to the privacy officer. Read more

Grauer finds 'perfect fit' at DDO Health Law

The next chapter of Toronto health and corporate lawyer Shanon Grauer’s career promises to be the most fulfilling yet. Read more

Consent key for insurance information requests: Sunshine

Clinicians should seek legal advice when in doubt about information requests from insurance companies concerning their patients, says Toronto health lawyer  Elyse Sunshine. Read more

Palter a trusted adviser to health law clients

When it comes to health law, Toronto lawyer Simmie Palter has done it all. Read more

Procuring through a distributor: set expectations early

By Michael Gleeson When procuring goods our clients are sometimes faced with purchasing a good through a third party distributor rather than directly from the manufacturer of the good. An indirect purchase through a distributor can be problematic from a contractual perspective if the distributor is not willing to take full responsibility for all aspects of providing the relevant good (e.g., the delivery, performance, installation, and maintenance of the good, as applicable). Read more