Be very careful when speaking with the media about patients

By Kate Dewhirst. We know this intuitively – but it bears repeating. Health care organizations should be very careful when speaking with the media about specific patient cases. There is a new Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario (IPC) health privacy decision directly on this topic. Decision 82. Read more

Health privacy update: complainant does not get two kicks at the can

By Kate Dewhirst . In decision 80 of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario, the wife of a deceased patient was concerned that a hospital doctor wrongly shared her husband’s health information by speaking to a third party about the care he received and that the hospital failed to meet its privacy obligations. These concerns were raised with the IPC as well as the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) (which decision of the Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee decision was further appealed to the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board (HPARB)). Read more

Using reason key when negotiating purchase agreements

Co-operation and the ability to find compromise are keys to crafting an efficient purchase agreement, Toronto health lawyer Michael Gleeson tells Read more

Protocol for drug dependent health-care professionals a positive step

Ontario nursing professionals now have a confidential and secure way to address their drug and alcohol problems, Toronto health lawyer Lonny Rosen tells Read more

Can patients trust you in the age of electronic privacy scandals?

By Kate Dewhirst . In the last few years, the public has heard a lot of scary things about electronic privacy scandals. Read more

HPARB finds decision to caution unreasonable

By Elyse Sunshine and Lonny Rosen . The Health Professions Appeal and Review Board (the Board) returned a matter to the Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee (the Committee) of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (the College) for reconsideration. Read more

Eight do's and don'ts for performance reviews

It’s physician performance review season, and hospital leaders should make sure there are no surprises when they summarize the year’s successes and failures, Toronto health lawyer and coach Kate Dewhirst tells . Read more

Injunctions an effective tool to tackle unauthorized practice

Court injunctions are a good alternative to prosecution for regulatory bodies attempting to stop unlicensed practitioners, Burlington health lawyer Cathi Mietkiewicz tells Read more

Surprise health inspections require immediate legal advice: Sunshine

Keeping documents and records in order will help regulated health professionals should they face a surprise inspection or audit, says Toronto health lawyer Elyse Sunshine. Read more

Be mindful of health professional/patient relationship boundaries

By Elyse Sunshine and Lonny Rosen . A health professional is in a position of power and trust and must establish and maintain appropriate professional boundaries with patients. Read more

Still time to get New Year's goals back on track, aligned: Dewhirst

January and February can be a discouraging time for law professionals, who might see the goals they set for their practices at the beginning of the year already slipping beyond their grasp, says Toronto lawyer and coach Kate Dewhirst. Read more

Dykeman examines artificial intelligence, possibility, and law in health care

The intersection of artificial intelligence (AI) and patient data opens new frontiers in health care but also comes with privacy concerns, Toronto health lawyer Mary Jane Dykeman tells Read more

Avoid intimate relationships with patients, clients: Sunshine

A regulated health professional will have their certificate of registration revoked if they become involved in a sexual relationship with a patient or client, Toronto health lawyer Elyse Sunshine , tells Read more

Three steps to influence organizational culture in health care

By Kate Dewhirst . What is culture? According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, culture is the set of shared attitudes, values, goals, and practices that characterizes an institution or organization. Read more

Interpersonal difficulties with colleagues result in complaint, SCERP

By Lonny Rosen and Elyse Sunshine . Workplaces, including those in a health care environment, often include a variety of personalities that are not always complementary. Read more