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Health Privacy Update – September 2017 – 2 new IPC guidance documents for health care organizations

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The Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario just released a new practice guideline last week to assist health care organizations to better understand their upcoming new obligations to report privacy breaches to the IPC.

Here is the document: health-privacy-breach-notification-guidelines

Those new obligations come into effect on October 1st.

A few weeks ago, the IPC released another practice direction related to  Frivolous and Vexatious Requests.  The document relates to freedom of information requests – but is helpful to know for PHIPA requests too.

There are no new IPC decisions this week.  But here is an updated summary of all 49 IPC PHIPA Decisions

PRIVACY OFFICER TRAINING FOR PRIMARY CARE TEAMS

Also – reminder for Privacy Officers in primary care practices – join me for Privacy Officer training starting October 24.  Early bird pricing available before September 22nd.

I’ve received interest in Privacy Officer training for long-term care homes and hospitals – so stay tuned for an offering this Fall for you!


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Health Privacy Officer training
September 22, 2020

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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

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Our September program is on privacy litigation and the October program will address harassment issues and scenarios.
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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.

Free Part X CYFSA privacy webinar - ask me anything!
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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
July 8, 23, 28 August 4, October 7, 8

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

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