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It’s our anniversary! Our year by the numbers

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August 1st marks our one-year anniversary. And it has been a good one …

By the Numbers

1 new space in downtown Toronto that I can walk to from home

2 new team members: Melissa Martin, Office Magician and Alec Myers, Head of Scrutiny (and all things expanding the business)

5 areas of focus: privacy, physician privileges, patient relations, risk management, leadership =  theme of de-escalating situations of people behaving badly

6 lawyers I have coached to follow their dreams and expand their TIME (time, impact, money and experiences)

8 participants in my Privacy Officer training for Charities

13 types of health organization clients I now serve (hospitals, family health teams and organizations and medical clinics, mental health and addictions agencies, youth mental health and justice agencies, community health centres, long-term care homes, public health units, retirement homes, laboratories, charities, universities, law firms, and associations)

18 years of practice in health law (what? where did the years go?)

19 new courses and products delivered and now available for health care organizations  live and on-line (in ethics, governance, privacy, risk management, managing complaints, consent to treatment, statutory compliance, social media, and freedom of information)

22 team privacy training sessions delivered in person all around Ontario – seriously, everywhere

43 registrants in my Legal Issues for Family Health Teams webinar series

47 IPC PHIPA Orders and Decisions summarized

83 participants in my Privacy Officer training for Medical Offices

157 clients I now serve (up from 60 one year ago) by using technology to leverage my expertise to help health leaders feel more confident in their roles

316 nights at home for dinner and bathtime with my kids (who turned 4 and 2 this year)

334 minutes of meditation (lots of room for improvement here!) – have you tried Muse?

And as of this year I have now trained more than 7500 people in health privacy issues.

Thank you to my team and extended team of amazing vendors and friends and family who have made this year possible and fun.

Coming Up …

October 2017       Privacy Officer training

January 2018       Advanced Privacy Officer training

February 2018     Anchors and Kites: A guide to structured creative problem-solving (book launch)

April 2018            Patient Relations and Engagement training

June 2018           Medical Affairs training

Let me know if you are interested in these new offerings and I will make sure you get the details as they are released.

Make it a great day!


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Some of Kate’s Upcoming events

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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