Health Links: Providing coordinated care to complex, high-needs patients

On Wednesday January 22, 2014, the Ontario Hospital Association (OHA), hosted the Health Links Conference, bringing together stakeholders from across the healthcare spectrum: the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC), hospitals, the Ontario Medical Association (OMA), local health integration networks (LHINs), primary care providers, Health Quality Ontario (HQO), community care access centres (CCACs) and community agencies among others. The conference was an opportunity to share the implementation challenges and lessons learned from different Health Links, and to provide attendees with advice, tools and tactics for success going forward. Read More

Canada’s anti-spam legislation comes into force this year

On December 4, 2013, Canada’s Minister of Industry announced July 1, 2014 as the Phase One coming-into-force date of Canada’s anti-spam legislation (“CASL”). Phase One includes the section 6 provisions related to commercial electronic messages (CEMs) (commonly known as spam). In Phase Two (January 15, 2015), section 8 of CASL comes into force. Read More

Template by-law for compliance with Ontario’s Not-For-Profit Corporations Act, 2010

As part of the required transition to Ontario’s Not-For-Profit Corporations Act, 2010 (the “Act”), each corporation that is subject to the Act will need to ensure that its corporate by-laws are in compliance with the Act. Ontario’s Ministry of Consumer Services (the “Ministry”) has made available on its website a default by-law that may be adopted by a corporation or used as a guide to make sure that a corporation’s by-laws are in compliance with the Act. Read More

Quality Improvement Plan resources available on-line from the Ministry

Public hospitals in Ontario have been required for some time to submit quality improvement plans (QIPs) under the Excellent Care for All Act2010. More recently, and tied to their accountability agreements with the local health integration networks (LHINs), primary care organizations such as community health centres (CHCs) and family health teams (FHTs) have also been required to put QIPs in place. Community care access centres (CCACs) come next, effective 2014; and in 2015, long-term care homes will also develop and submit QIPs. Read More

BILL 78: How Ontario’s proposed regime for the sharing of electronic personal health information will impact your organization


On May 29, 2013, the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care introduced Bill 78, the Electronic Personal Health Information Act, 2013 (e-PHIPA). If passed, e-PHIPA would amend the Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA) so as to enable the creation of a single, provincial electronic health record (EHR) created and maintained by “prescribed organizations”. The Bill does not specifically identify any prescribed organization, but it is assumed that eHealth Ontario (eHO) will be the first so named. Read More