August 12, 2019: A weekly scan of new legislation and regulations important to the Ontario health sector, as well as articles of interest.

 

Bills

 

The Ontario Legislature has adjourned until October 28, 2019.

 

Proposed and Approved Regulations

 

  1. REG 329/04 – PHIPA

 

The proposed amendments:

  • Ontario Health will assume current responsibilities of Cancer Care Ontario (“CCO”) under PHIPA as a prescribed entity and prescribed registry, and will also assume responsibilities of eHealth Ontario (“eHO”) for creating and maintaining the provincial electronic health record (“EHR”).
  • Revocation date of the regulation provisions enabling the operation of the EHR from January 1 2020, to January 1, 2021 to ensure eHO or Ontario Health, as the case may be, may continue to create and maintain the EHR while the government continues the work necessary before Part V.1 of PHIPA could be proclaimed into force.

Comments deadline: October 7, 2019

More Information: https://www.ontariocanada.com/registry/view_posting.jsp;jsessionid=afAHE_Jq5vrvgKY1PFsKy9t?language=en&postingId=30070

 

Ontario Newsroom

Ontario launching program to fund out-of-country dialysis services

Ontario improving access to timely care for patients in crisis

Ontario adding more mental health and addictions services for indigenous communities

More tools available for police to find missing seniors

 

Articles of Interest

 

Ontario Health Teams

Guelph health partnerships moves towards OHT

Cambridge area health group reaches next round in Ontario Health Team process

Local push for Ontario Health Team continues

 

Health Care

Ontario needs $5.2B in additional health cuts to reach savings targets: report

Ontario to party fund dialysis for travelers after cutting out-of-country health care

Health group says Ontario must do more to protect children from climate change

Health Sciences North welcomes 25 new doctors

Canada slow to act against shoddy stem cell therapies, new paper argues

 

Privacy

Metrolinx to consult Ontario privacy watchdog before sharing ridership data

Ontario woman files class action against Capital One following data breach

Capital One now contacting millions of Canadians affected by data breach

 

Physicians

‘Manipulating physicians’: How drug reps pitch your doc

 

Professionalism and Misconduct

College cautions outspoken Sudbury doctor

Kelly McParland: The Wettlaufer report is clear – no one is to blame for anything

 

AI

Canada’s chief information officer Alex Benay leaving to join AI startup Mindbridge

Skills evaluation, tailored feedback: McGill AI project could change the way brain surgeons are trained