Updated April 2016 – Proposed Changes to Ontario’s Health Privacy Legislation – Bill 119

Bill 119 proposes to amend the Personal Health Information Protection Act, 2004 (PHIPA).  DDO Health Law has prepared a blacklined version of PHIPA so it is easy to see the proposed changes:

Proposed Changes to PHIPA through Bill 119 Blacklined Not Official Version 2016

 

Caution: This is for general information purposes only and is not an official version.  These changes are not yet law and there may be further future amendments.  Please contact us if you have questions.

Mary Jane Dykeman       mjdykeman@ddohealthlaw.com

Kathy O’Brien                    kobrien@ddohealthlaw.com

What is Health Law? Interview with Lonny Rosen, Co-Founder of Rosen Sunshine LLP

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The Huddle™ Podcast

This week on The Huddle Podcast, DDO interviews Lonny Rosen for our “What is Health Law?” series.

Lonny is co-founder of Rosen Sunshine LLP. He advises individual, corporate and institutional clients with respect to health care legislation and policies, and represents clients in a wide range of civil and administrative proceedings. He regularly represents health professionals in complaint and discipline matters, investigations, audits and peer reviews, hospital privileges disputes and in hearings before various health tribunals. Lonny is also certified as a Health Law Specialist by the Law Society of Upper Canada.

In this episode of The Huddle Podcast, Lonny talks about:

  • What he loves about working with health sector clients
  • What is “advocacy” and the difference between a solicitor’s practice and a litigator’s practice
  • Opportunities and challenges in using social media in a legal practice

For more information about Lonny: http://rosensunshine.com/health-lawyers/lonny-rosen/

What is Health Law? Interested to know what a health lawyer does? Listen to leading practitioners in the field talk about their personal career paths, what’s on their desk, the kind of work they do and their visions for the future.

What is Health Law? Interview with Sarah Cohen, Founder of Fertility Law Canada and D2Law LLP Lawyer

 

The Huddle™ Podcast

This week on The Huddle Podcast, Mary Jane Dykeman interviews Sarah Cohen for our “What is Health Law?” series.

Sarah is founder of Fertility Law Canada and a lawyer with D2Law LLP. She. is a fertility law lawyer based in Toronto, but with clients throughout Canada and beyond.

In this episode of The Huddle Podcast, Sarah talks about:

  • How she came to practice and specialize in fertility law
  • What fertility law is and the kinds of supports her clients need
  • Why she loves her work

For more information about Sarah: http://www.fertilitylawcanada.com/sara-r-cohen.html

What is Health Law? Interested to know what a health lawyer does? Listen to leading practitioners in the field talk about their personal career paths, what’s on their desk, the kind of work they do and their visions for the future.

Health Sector Privacy Officer Training

 

Health Sector Privacy Officer Training – to register online

The privacy practices of health care organizations are under increasing scrutiny from patients (and their families), the courts, the media and the regulator, the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario (IPC/O). As Privacy Officer, it is your job to ensure your organization is compliant with privacy laws and IPC/O guidelines. Whether you are new to the Privacy Officer role or are a seasoned privacy professional, you may wonder whether you have the latest information to do your job properly.  You may have already discovered that it is not enough to know the technicalities of the law; it is also important that you understand the spirit of the legislation and how to apply the law to specific and sometimes difficult situations.

This is the only course of its kind in Canada.

This course will give you confidence in your role by giving you the information and skills you need to succeed as a Privacy Officer.

You receive:

  • 20 hours of intensive instruction from leading legal educators in the field
    • 3 full day sessions each available in person in downtown Toronto or via webcast
  • Reassurance that you have the most current information on privacy practices and expectations for health care organizations
  • Practical and dynamic skills training for adult learners using scenarios, stories, quizzes and assignments
  • Sample tools to adapt to your organization for your everyday use, including (and many more):
    • Privacy program checklist
    • Privacy policies
    • Privacy breach checklist
    • Privacy breach notification
  • A privacy library
    • The primary Ontario privacy resource – “Guide to the Ontario Personal Health Information Protection Act: A Practical Guide for Health Care Providers” (H. Perun, M. Orr, F. Dimitriadis, Irwin Law, 2005)
    • Online resources are compiled for you in a few downloadable PDFs so you do not have to find the resources yourself and print them individually
  • A reading list to prepare you before each session
  • Homework to assist you to work through your own organization’s documents
  • A report card you complete yourself at the end of the course to share with your Board or supervisor to demonstrate your organization’s privacy compliance status and remaining privacy gaps, if any
  • A letter outlining the training you have received, for your organization’s due diligence

While we focus on Ontario legislation – this course is of value to any health sector Privacy Officer.

For more information go to our online registration platform. And for even more information, contact Franca Latino by phone at: 416-967-7100 x 242  or by email at: flatino@ddohealthlaw.com

If you are a FIPPA or MFIPPA institution – you must know the new recordkeeping obligations

On January 1, 2016, amendments came into force that impact recordkeeping obligations under FIPPA and MFIPPA. The Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario released a document to explain the amendments and assist institutions to meet their new obligations called  “FIPPA and MFIPPA: Bill 8 – The Recordkeeping Amendments”.  As an example of the changes, institutions are now required to ensure the preservation of records and makes it an offence to alter, conceal or destroy a record with the intention of denying a right of access to the record or the information the record contains.

This is a must read for all health sector FOI co-ordinators.

 

 

IPC releases new privacy resource to assist health care organizations

The Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario has released slides from the PHIPA Summit in December 2015 to assist health care organizations navigate new (and not so new) technologies. Click here to read the PowerPoint presentation.

The presentation covers:

  • Fax
  • Email
  • Mobile and portable devices
  • Encryption
  • Passwords
  • Wireless
  • Electronic medical records
  • Shared electronic health record systems
  • Unauthorized access to electronic records

This is a must read for all privacy officers of health care organizations.