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

Democratizing health information

By Kate Dewhirst . That sounds lofty, doesn’t it? Read more

Gaining confidence as a lawyer a three-step cycle: Dewhirst

One of the most valuable attributes a lawyer can have is confidence — but most do not know how to build or protect it, Toronto health lawyer and coach Kate Dewhirst , tells AdvocateDaily.com. Read more

Advice for health-care institutions on how to manage patient complaints

When patients complain, health-care facilities must avoid three common mistakes in how they respond, Toronto health lawyer Kate Dewhirst tells AdvocateDaily.com. Read more

Privacy update – changes in managing privacy in health care

Privacy is such a dynamic area of law and health care that organizations need to pay attention to it constantly, says Toronto health lawyer Kate Dewhirst . Read more

Concepts health leaders need to know when interacting with police

By Kate Dewhirst . I am often asked by health leaders what to do when police arrive and need information about patients. 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

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

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

Dewhirst: building resilience for lawyers

Lawyers often feel pressure to be superhuman. It’s why their stress levels are through the roof, and why they need a new superpower — resilience, says Toronto health lawyer and coach Kate Dewhirst. Read more

Four lessons I learned as an undercover patient

By Kate Dewhirst . Ok. I wasn’t really undercover. But I was a patient. Read more

What happens if departing employees have health records at home?

By Kate Dewhirst . Decision 69 of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario was recently released. Read more

Triage your work issues like client cases: Dewhirst

While lawyers are trained to advocate for their clients, they often fail to do it for themselves, says Toronto legal coach and health care lawyer Kate Dewhirst. Read more

Training is your best weapon to guard against fraud

By Kate Dewhirst . Recently, the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario released two new health privacy decisions. Read more