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Organizations have a duty to keep personal health information secure

Encryption is just one piece of the puzzle when it comes to securing the personal health information of patients, Toronto health lawyer Mary Jane Dykeman tells CBC News . ... Read more

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Expert guidance helps keep public procurements on track

It is important for public organizations to rely on experts who understand the legal implications of third parties procuring goods and services to make sure the agreements comply ... Read more

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Triage your work issues like client cases: Dewhirst

While lawyers are trained to advocate for their clients, they often fail to do it for themselves, says Toronto legal coach and health care lawyer  Kate Dewhirst . ... Read more

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Conducting supplier debriefings — is your organization consistent?

By Michael Gleeson The Broader Public Sector Procurement Directive entitles unsuccessful proponents participating in a procurement valued at $100,000 or more to a ... Read more

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Time to let those who can pay for health care: Tremayne-Lloyd

A new report on the high cost to Canadians of queuing for health care underscores the need for public-private partnerships to take pressure off the system, says Toronto health ... Read more

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Further clarity on meaning of controlled act of psychotherapy

By Lonny Rosen and Elyse Sunshine The controlled act of psychotherapy was proclaimed in force on Dec. 31, 2017. As we discussed in a  blog post  earlier this ... Read more

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Risk-management policies a must for hospital foundations, charities

Hospital foundations and charitable boards should develop risk-management policies that prepare them for unseen crises both internally and outside their organizations, Toronto ... Read more

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New continuity of care ‘suite’ of policies open for consultation

By Elyse Sunshine  and  Lonny Rosen All physicians, especially family physicians, should be aware that the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (the ... Read more

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Defining death won't stop disputes over ventilation removal

A legislated definition of death would do little to prevent court challenges from family members who believe their loved ones are still alive after they've been declared ... Read more

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Compliance necessary with new Canada Free Trade Agreement

With the Canada Free Trade Agreement (CFTA) in force for one year as of July 1, Toronto health lawyer Michael Gleeson says it’s an apt time for public-sector health ... Read more

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Physician privileges case shows limited jurisdiction of HRTO

A case involving a physician illustrates the limited jurisdiction of the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (HRTO) over unfair — but not discriminatory — interference ... Read more

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Decision doesn't address nurse's freedom of expression rights

A recent court decision is concerning because of the way it chose not to interfere with a discipline committee’s sanction of a nurse who expressed criticisms on Facebook ... Read more

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Health sector keeping close eye on nurse inquiry

ST. THOMAS, Ont. — A nurse who killed elderly patients in her care was disciplined several times over poor job performance but no one thought she was seriously harming ... Read more

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Dykeman to address ORCA spring roadshow event

Toronto health lawyer Mary Jane Dykeman is speaking at the Ontario Retirement Communities Association (ORCA) spring roadshow where this year’s conference topic is ... Read more

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Dentist's case highlights reality that CAS report may trigger complaint

Media coverage of a mother who complained after her child’s dentist reported her to a Children’s Aid Society (CAS) for possible “oral neglect” highlights a ... Read more

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The importance of knowing how to interact with the media

No matter the level of public interest in your case, it’s critical to know how to deal with the media and to protect your client's image, Toronto health lawyer Tracey ... Read more

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Wettlaufer complaints, ability to keep working ‘key’ part of inquiry: Sunshine

ST. THOMAS, Ont. — A nurse who killed elderly patients in her care was the subject of multiple complaints but was given a positive reference letter and went on working ... Read more

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Training is your best weapon to guard against fraud

By Kate Dewhirst Recently, the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario released two new health privacy decisions. Decision 68  reads like a made for TV ... Read more

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Paper health records can cause serious privacy issues: report

By Kate Dewhirst A  new Canadian study  published in the American Medical Association journal  JAMA  found that hospitals have a serious issue when ... Read more

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How to run a smooth AGM

Small governance changes can translate into big improvements when it comes to the running of annual general meetings, Toronto health lawyer Michael Gleeson tells ... Read more

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