Health

Medical residents: the need to address regulatory difficulties early

It's critically important for medical residents who find themselves in academic or professional difficulty to address the problem early and head-on, says Toronto health lawyer Lonny Rosen . Read more

The importance of clear mission, vision and value statements

Health-care organizations need to have clear, emotionally resonant mission, vision and value statements to guide them through their greatest challenges, says Toronto health lawyer Kate Dewhirst . Read more

What does a privacy officer do in a health care organization?

By Kate Dewhirst . I train privacy officers to understand their role. So, what does a privacy officer do for a health care organization? Read more

Reports about doctors double-billing aren’t telling the full story

Media reports highlighting complaints from patients and advocacy groups about physician double-billing are “misleading and alarmist,” says Toronto health lawyer Tracey Tremayne-Lloyd . Read more

Health privacy, capacity key areas for family lawyers

Health privacy, capacity, regulatory issues and reporting obligations are just some of the health law issues that family lawyers will encounter in their practices, Toronto health lawyer Lonny Rosen says in an interview published in the Ontario Family Law Reporter . Read more

Review board: oral caution for problematic advertising unreasonable

By Lonny Rosen and Elyse Sunshine . In a case involving a pharmacist , the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board (the Board) recognized important mitigating factors and the very serious consequences of an oral caution and found that the Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee’s decision to issue an oral caution for problematic advertising was unreasonable. Read more

Dewhirst gives back to legal profession as a coach

As both a coach and advisor for a new Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC) program, Toronto health lawyer Kate Dewhirst loves the interaction with fellow lawyers and helping them meet their career goals. Read more

The rise of telemedicine and the regulatory regimes that govern it

With the growth of telemedicine, hospitals and other health-care organizations should have policies in place to outline how best to use it to ensure they meet their regulatory responsibilities, says Toronto health lawyer Michael Gleeson . Read more

Do you know how to apologize?

By Kate Dewhirst . A note popped into my inbox this morning from Michael Hyatt, who is an extraordinary business coach. The topic is “The anatomy of a true apology.” Read more

Personal health information breaches: prevention, quick responses key

By Lonny Rosen & Elyse Sunshine . Canada has several laws in place to protect individuals’ private information, including personal health data. When a person’s privacy is breached, organizations, including hospitals and other health facilities, such as doctors’ offices, should immediately take steps to respond quickly and responsibly. And in order to prevent such breaches, proper policies, procedures and personnel training should be in place. Read more

The controlled act of psychotherapy

By Lonny Rosen & Elyse Sunshine . The controlled act Read more

Health privacy update – August 2017

By Kate Dewhirst . The Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario has just released two new correction request decisions – 46 and 47 (dated June 2017 but released the last week of July). Decision 45 has not yet been released. Read more

Medically assisted dying should be part of health-care decisions: Sunshine

Medically assisted dying for people who suffer from mental illness is a complicated issue, Toronto health lawyer Elyse Sunshine tells Zoomer Radio. Read more

Dewhirst offers training in evolving health privacy compliance

The legal role and importance of a privacy officer is growing in every health-care facility and case law is now assessing financial penalties for non-compliance and errors, says Toronto health lawyer Kate Dewhirst . Read more

Texas defamation suit picture of an online nightmare: Dykeman

A social media campaign by former clients that destroyed a Texas photographer's business is a "cautionary tale" of how quickly reputations and businesses can be destroyed by negative online commentary, says Toronto health lawyer Mary Jane Dykeman. Read more