Oral caution unreasonable for retired nurse

By Elyse Sunshine and Lonny Rosen . In a recent review , the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board (the Board) found that the decision of the Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee (the Committee) of the College of Nurses of Ontario to require a retired nurse to receive an oral caution to be unreasonable and substituted advice for the nurse instead. Read more

Legal pot should spark healthy dialogue among care providers

Although recreational marijuana is now legal, hospital staff should not ask patients if they are users unless it’s relevant to their treatment, Toronto health lawyer Elyse Sunshine , tells Read more

Lessons for Ontario health providers in Alberta privacy breach report

An Alberta privacy commissioner report has lessons for health information custodians (HICs) in Ontario, Toronto health lawyer Lonny Rosen tells Read more

Always scroll down: Dewhirst

By Kate Dewhirst . The forward email function should be used very carefully. Here’s why … Read more

New snooping case for health privacy

By Kate Dewhirst . Decision 74 recently released by the Information and Privacy Commissioner is another snooping case. Read more

Corporate policies no defence to disciplinary proceedings

Health professionals can’t use their employers to shield themselves from regulatory action, Toronto health lawyer Lonny Rosen tells Read more

Beware the scope of the CFTA

By Michael Gleeson . If your organization is a broader public sector organization that is subject to the procurement requirements of the Broader Public Sector Procurement Directive (the Procurement Directive) and the (still relatively new) Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA), then please take note that the CFTA applies to certain procurements that the Procurement Directive does not. Read more

Dialogue RFPs can provide for more innovative solutions

As procurements become increasingly more complex, organizations may want to consider dialogue request for proposals (RFPs) rather than the more traditional procurement process, Toronto health lawyer Michael Gleeson tells . Read more

Want to know what a ransomware attack sounds like in healthcare?

By Kate Dewhirst . According to a CBC report published recently, a home medical services company was recently hacked and tens of thousands of health records for home care patients across Ontario were held for ransom. Read more

How many hats does your health organization wear?

When Toronto health lawyer Kate Dewhirst advises organizations on how to protect themselves from legal risks, she often finds herself talking about hats — and occasionally about helipads. Read more

Health professionals: be alive to issues arising from patient cannabis use

Health professionals must prepare for a spike in cannabis use among patients following the drug’s legalization later this year, Toronto health lawyer Lonny Rosen tells Read more

Mental capacity key to treatment decisions

A recent court ruling that allowed a hospital to force feed a woman with anorexia highlights the necessity of having a clear mental state when making personal health-care decisions, says Toronto health lawyer Elyse Sunshine. Read more

Recruiting non-licensed MDs to non-medical positions

By Kate Dewhirst . Not everyone who trains as a physician practices medicine or continues to practice medicine. Some choose to work in a hospital environment but not as a physician such as in administration, research, information technology, finance, risk, law, policy, public relations, or interdisciplinary professional practice. Medical training can be an enormous advantage for a candidate applying to a non-medical role in a hospital. Read more

Privacy and security stakes high in cannabis arena

The clock is ticking for licensed producers of cannabis to get their privacy and security measures in order ahead of the drug’s legalization for recreational use, Toronto health lawyer Mary Jane Dykeman tells Read more

Educating your procurement team

By Michael Gleeson . One good way to help your organization avoid claims related to a procurement process is to provide some simple training to your staff members who will be participating in the procurement process. In many cases, your internal evaluation team will include individuals for whom procurement is not an everyday part of their jobs. These staff members will likely be unaware of the basic principles, rules, and processes with which your organization must carry out its procurement activities. Read more