- Express consent is required to share personal health information for health care purposes
- Express consent must be provided in writing
- Individuals do not have a right to see or obtain a copy of their own records
- Personal health information cannot be used for educational purposes
- Personal health information can never be shared with family members
Ontario’s Information and Privacy Commissioner (“IPC”) released a report on September 5, 2012 titled “A Policy is Not Enough: It Must be Reflected in Concrete Practices”. As the title suggests, the IPC reminds us that a policy alone cannot protect privacy – it is the action stemming from the policy that is vital. In its 21-page paper, the IPC provides 7 steps that organizations should consider implementing. Hospitals and other health care facilities should take note as these recommendations apply to you. The following is a summary of the key messages provided in the report. Read More
The Occupational Health and Safety Act (“OHSA”) was recently amended (“Bill 160”). The Bill 160 amendments became law on April 1, 2012.
For the most part, Bill 160 will not have a significant impact on employers and employers will not be required to make major changes to their occupational health and safety programs. Read More
The Health Services Appeal and Review Board (Board) recently rescinded a decision of a Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) involving the personal support services of a client. In JC v South West Community Care Access Centre, the CCAC revised the client’s plan of service and, in particular, withdrew the services it was providing to the client. The client sought to have the CCAC continue to provide the services to her. The issue for the Board was to determine what services the client was entitled to and on what basis. Read More
The Ministry of Labour (“MOL”) engages in monthly inspection blitzes on sector-specific hazards as a method of raising awareness and increasing compliance with health and safety legislation.
In October and November of 2012, the MOL will focus on the prevention and control of infection at health care workplaces across Ontario. Specifically, the MOL will check for infection hazards at hospitals, long-term care homes, retirement homes and other workplaces. Read More