Kate Dewhirst

Kate Dewhirst
FIRM:
Kate Dewhirst Health Law
POSITION:
Principal
AREAS OF PRACTICE:
Health, Privacy

Founder of Kate Dewhirst Health Law and Kate Dewhirst Coaching Lawyers in Toronto, Kate Dewhirst’s practice focuses on privacy and access to information, physician relationships with hospitals, family health teams, and risk management/difficult clinical scenarios.

Ms. Dewhirst received her LLB, MHSA, Law, Health Administration from Dalhousie University in 1999 and B.A. in Political Science and Women’s Studies in 1994 from York University.

She consults to a wide range of health-care organizations on issues dealing with governance and bylaws; statutory compliance; contracts; freedom of information, confidentiality and health records; clinical policy; physician privileges (including disruptive physician management); regulation of health professionals; research and research ethics; mental health and addictions; and position statements, policy papers and legislative change.

Ms. Dewhirst developed “The Privacy Prescription” to assist her clients with their privacy compliance, and provides privacy training programs across Ontario.

She advises hospitals on all aspects of their relationships with physicians and other professional staff (dentists, midwives, extended class nurses) from recruitment to difficult disciplinary matters.

Ms. Dewhirst is the primary author of the Ontario Hospital Association's “Professional Staff Credentialing Toolkit,” which is the only resource in Canada on the topic for chiefs of staff and hospital boards.

Training executive directors and front-line staff on their legal duties, Ms. Dewhirst understands the inner dynamics of FHTs (FHOs/FHNs and other affiliated physician arrangements) and provides practical advice to that sector. She is the primary author of the Association of Family Health Teams of Ontario’s “Statutory Compliance for Family Health Teams and Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinics.”

Ms. Dewhirst uses a “CLEOS” approach to assist her clients through their difficult clinical situations involving patients and their families; she looks at the clinical, legal, ethical, organizational and systemic issues to find solutions.

Kate Dewhirst Posts

Privacy lawyer joins Kate Dewhirst Health Law

As she celebrates the third anniversary of launching her own firm, Toronto health lawyer Kate Dewhirst is welcoming senior lawyer Megan Ferrier to assist in taking on a new area of practice. Read more

Does your health-care team know what a privacy breach looks like?

By Kate Dewhirst Your privacy policy likely requires all staff members to “report any privacy breach” to the privacy officer. Read more

Privacy officers: we are trust builders

By Kate Dewhirst Why is privacy important? Because it is essential for building trust. Trust pops up time and time again in privacy breach stories. Read more

Dewhirst to host health privacy webinar Aug. 7

Toronto health lawyer Kate Dewhirst hosts a free monthly webinar, Ask Me Anything About Health Privacy, on the first Wednesday of every month at 10 a.m. ET. Read more

Five tips for making the most out of 24 hours in your day

Lawyers struggling to fit everything into their day should change their focus and strive to create space in their lives instead, says Toronto health lawyer and coach Kate Dewhirst. Read more

The four elements that make a health-care team trustworthy

By Kate Dewhirst Trust. Trust is the foundation of healthcare. Without trust, patients delay receiving care. Without trust, patients do not share the truth that helps clinicians uncover what is actually happening. Read more

Ontario Health Teams Wave 1: privacy and culture shift supports

By Kate Dewhirst You and your community have signed up to be a Wave 1 Ontario Health Team. Does it feel like you are on a roller coaster? You signed up. You’ve strapped yourself into the seat. Read more

No magic age when children make their own health privacy decisions

By Kate Dewhirst . This comes as a surprise to most lay people. In Ontario, and in many jurisdictions around the world, children make their own health privacy decisions when they are “capable” of doing so and not when they reach a specific age. Read more

Addressing toxicity in teams a big issue in health-care field

Getting to the root cause of a toxic workplace can involve some deep digging and tough choices for senior leadership at health-care organizations, says Toronto health lawyer Kate Dewhirst. Read more

Are patients entitled to know the names of health care providers?

By Kate Dewhirst . In the last month, I have been asked three times a variation on the theme of this question: “Do we have to tell a patient the full names of our staff if the patient asks?” The answer is generally, yes. Read more

What is a ‘bad faith’ request for access to health records?

By Kate Dewhirst . In a new health privacy decision of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario, we find out what needs to be proven to show a patient is making a request for access to health records in “bad faith.” Read more

What happens if you lose a patient record?

By Kate Dewhirst . The Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario has issued a new health privacy Decision 86 . A woman contacted a hospital to have access to her deceased son’s health records. The hospital provided part of the record but notified the requester that part of the paper record was missing. Read more

Ruling brings clarity to sharing health-care providers' names

The default position of health-care organizations should be to share service providers’ full names to patients on request, Toronto health lawyer Kate Dewhirst tells AdvocateDaily.com. Read more

Lawyer friends — it’s time to get out of your comfort zone

By Kate Dewhirst . I went to the Funnel Hacking Live event in Nashville, TN recently. It’s a marketing event sponsored by Click Funnels. I follow co-founder Russell Brunson on social media and loved his books Dot Com Secrets and Expert Secrets . So on a whim, I went to the live event. Read more

Privacy commissioner sets context for abandoned health records

New guidelines from Ontario’s Information and Privacy Commissioner (IPC) demonstrates how health-care providers can unintentionally abandon medical records, Toronto health lawyer Kate Dewhirst tells AdvocateDaily.com. Read more