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Health Privacy Update – May 2017

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On May 3rd, the Information and Privacy Commissioner and his team was in Thunder Bay.

He released a new presentation

  • He receives between 300-350 health privacy complaints annually
  • He talked about the new social worker prosecution
  • He reminded the audience about the new Code of Procedures for health privacy cases with his office
  • He also mentioned that in June 2017, there will be a court case to consider whether a list of the Top 100 billing doctors in Ontario will be made public

And then there was a session on health information. It discusses:

  1. Email
  2. Abandoned records
  3. Fees
  4. Bill 119
  5. Unauthorized access prosecutions

Reading updates from the IPC is one of the ways you keep up-to-date on the changing landscape of health privacy!


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Where immigration and health law issues collide

April 25, 2018

Presentation to invited Community Health Centre clients

In collaboration with immigration lawyer Jacqueline Swaisland.

2018 Privacy Officer Training

May 8 to June 12, 2018

16 hours live and online training

for Privacy Officers and Privacy Officers-to-be. Live sessions held in Toronto. Course is now full, but here are details and booking for Kate's October course.

De-escalation training

May 16, 2018

Training session for a Toronto Family Health Team

In conjunction with leadership coach Christine Burych.

Team Privacy Training Events

May 17, June 13

For Primary Care clinics and FHTs

Kate trains health professionals from another two primary care organizations how being privacy-respectful can improve therapeutic relationships. more details...

Ask me anything (about health privacy)

12 noon, May 23, 2018

An hour webinar with Kate where you can ask Kate any privacy-related questions you have.

Open to all health Privacy Officers. Register here.

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