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January is the time for your annual “Privacy Reminder”

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Happy new year!

If you are a health care Privacy Officer, January is a great time to remind your organization about privacy. By sending out an annual privacy email or privacy update in a newsletter – you keep privacy top of mind for your teams and you have something tangible to show your organization’s commitment to privacy.

What to include:

  1. Key privacy reminders
    • Keep information confidential
    • Do not “snoop” (meaning look at health records without authority)
    • Do not take health information off-site (and if necessary to take off-site – how to protect it)
  2. Key changes in privacy rules that happened in 2016
  3. Names of your privacy policies (and where to find them)
  4. Name of the privacy officer

Keep a copy:

Make sure you keep a copy of all your annual Privacy Reminders in a folder (electronic or hard copy).  These reminders demonstrate to the public, and the Privacy Commissioner and the courts that you have taken privacy seriously and can reduce your overall legal exposure.

Would you like a sample?

Join my privacy community by sending me an email at kate@katedewhirst.com – and I will send you my sample Health Care Privacy Update for 2017 – free!


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Health Privacy Officer training
April 28, 2020

For Privacy Officers within healthcare organizations - now totally online.

This course focuses on how to become a more confident privacy officer and gives you the tools to document your privacy program. Full details and registration here...

Primary care webinars: Employment Law Update & Legal Issues for EDs and Board members

Part of Kate’s monthly webinar series.

Our April program is on COVID-19 and the May program will address governance tips and tricks.
Full details of the 2020 webinar series and registration here.

Free healthcare privacy webinar - ask me anything!
the first Wednesday of every month (Next up: May 6 and June 3)

Free webinars - advance registration needed

Whether you're an experienced privacy officer or new in the field, pick Kate’s brain for free for an hour, in this live webinar. No charge, but you’ll need to register in advance.

Team Privacy Training Events
March 31, April 17, May 6, June 17

For Primary Care clinics, Hospitals, Community Agencies and Children’s Aid

Kate trains health professionals from many more health care organizations how being privacy-respectful can improve therapeutic relationships. More details...

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