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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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Our February program will address an update on the laws that apply to Primary Care Teams and in March we discuss human rights tips.
Full details of the 2023 webinar series and registration here.

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Next sessions in the Fall - on Termination Tips, Departing Physicians, Toxic Employees and Privacy issues . More details...

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This is an annual membership program that builds capacity within your hospital.
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