Health sector privacy officer training offered this spring

Back by popular demand, Toronto health law firm Dykeman Dewhirst O’Brien LLP is offering three days of health sector privacy officer training, featuring 20 hours of intensive instruction from leading legal educators in the field.

The course launches April 12, and continues May 10 and June 14 in downtown Toronto and via webcast. It remains the only program of its kind in Canada and is aimed at providing participants with the information and skills they need to succeed as a privacy officer. Those joining the course after April 12 can view day one via webinar before the next session in May.

"On Sept. 16, 2015, Bill 119, an act to amend the Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA), was introduced. If passed it will double the fines under PHIPA to up to $100,000 for individuals and $500,000 for organizations and require reports to the IPC/O of certain privacy breaches, among other changes,” says Toronto health lawyer Mary Jane Dykeman, partner with the firm. Bill 119 has now been reviewed by a Standing Committee of the Ontario Legislature and as of April 4, ordered for Third Reading. A new version of the Bill has been uploaded to Legislative Assembly website.

Dykeman’s law partner Kate Dewhirst, who co-teaches the course, focuses on the practical nature of this training. “Participants in the course will receive the most current information on privacy practices and expectations for health-care organizations, as well as practical and dynamic skills training using scenarios, stories, quizzes and assignments."

She adds, “Attendees will also be given sample tools to adapt to their organization, including: a privacy program checklist; a privacy program documentation checklist; privacy policies; an annual confidentiality pledge for all staff, students and volunteers; privacy communiqués; a board update on privacy; a privacy impact assessment; a privacy breach checklist; privacy breach notification; and privacy library to build their core resources.”

Participants will also receive the primary Ontario privacy resource — Guide to the Ontario Personal Health Information Protection Act: A Practical Guide for Health Care Providers as well as downloadable PDF resources and a letter outlining the training received, for each organization’s due diligence.

Day one will cover the basics of privacy, a privacy compliance overview and how to create and reinforce a culture of privacy. On day two, participants will learn how to approach health privacy security issues and the safeguards they should have in place, as well as the concept of consent, the circle of care and lockbox. The session will also cover secondary uses and disclosures you can make with health information without the consent of patients.

And, on day three, the session will discuss access, correction and disclosure to third parties, privacy breach investigation and response, recent developments, as well as questions and answers.

The program will take place at St. Andrew’s Club and Conference Centre, located at 150 King St. W. in Toronto.

For more information on the course, call or email Franca Latino at 416-967-7100 x242 or

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