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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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Supreme Court reverses ban on doctor assisted death; unconstitutional

OTTAWA – The Supreme Court of Canada has unanimously struck down the ban on providing a doctor-assisted death to mentally competent but suffering and ``irremediable'' ... Read more

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Rosen to discuss legal issues affecting elderly clients

Toronto health lawyer Lonny Rosen will discuss key legal issues when dealing with the elderly, including determining capacity, at the 2 nd Elderly Client course later this ... Read more

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Rosen, Sunshine lead seminar for medical students on informed consent

On Jan. 19, Toronto health lawyers Lonny Rosen and Elyse Sunshine will facilitate a seminar on informed consent as part of the University of Toronto’s Undergraduate ... Read more

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Hospitals should regularly check for privacy breaches

"It is absolutely advisable” for hospitals to do regularly scheduled proactive audits of their patient records to check for privacy breaches, Toronto health lawyer Elyse ... Read more

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Physician competency complaints a complex issue

While patient safety is the number one concern when dealing with complaints around physician competence, hospital administrators must carefully weigh complex interests to avoid ... Read more

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Lonny Rosen's tips for advance-care planning

Doctors need to know the law around advance-care planning, both in order to support their patients in communicating their wishes and in order to give effect to those wishes, ... Read more

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Draft policy reshapes how end-of-life care is decided

A draft policy  from Ontario’s College of Physicians & Surgeons that directs doctors to obtain the consent of patients or their families before deciding ... Read more

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