Sunshine chairs health risk management conference

Toronto health lawyer Elyse Sunshine led a workshop on privacy risks and the protection of health information at a recent conference.

Sunshine, partner at Rosen Sunshine LLP, was the chairwoman for the second day of the Federated Press Health Care Risk Management Conference. Held April 29 and 30, the event provided strategies and solutions for effective risk management in the health-care sector.

The conference was specifically geared toward senior administrators, directors and managers in the health-care field. The material was also tailored for people who work in the area of risk management, emergency and clinical care operations, as well as information management, strategic planning, reporting and accountability and support services.

The course highlights included: learning how to successfully implement ERM in a health-care organization; creating an effective risk management culture; minimizing liability with effective compliance and risk management strategies; examining legal risk management strategies for the nursing profession; discovering the benefit from LTC risk management best practices; mitigating emergency department risk-exposure points; managing risks when utilizing mobile technologies; implementing ways of effectively dealing with the challenges and risks in mental health care and learning best practices for investigating allegations of professional misconduct.

Sunshine’s workshop, held April 30, provided a detailed overview of privacy compliance principles and risk management strategies. She covered topics that included identifying risks relating to improper privacy management and best practices to reduce liability.

Her session was particularly relevant as the implementation of computer-based patient record systems has forced health-care institutions of all types to confront new issues related to health information security and confidentiality. Combined with evolving government regulations, these technologies have created a need for health-care organizations to look at consent, compliance, confidentiality and security.

Some of the areas she highlighted in her presentation were: reinforcing personal health information privacy policies and compliance, establishing mechanisms for e-health oversight; monitoring and control, special consent scenarios and implied consent; identifying risks related to improper privacy management; monitoring, auditing and reporting privacy practices, the accountability for access, use and misuse of confidential patient  information and the legal issues surrounding third-party disclosures.

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