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Do you need a little refresher on what happened in health privacy this last year?

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I know you have a lot on your plate. So, it is totally understandable that you may have missed some privacy updates from the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario  this year.

There is good news!

The IPC provided a summary slide deck that is super helpful. Click here.

You can read their updates on:

  • The standards they introduced on how they run their intake processes and other Code of Procedure
  • Key new decisions
  • Bill 119 – and what it changed
  • Email guidelines
  • New reporting guidelines to the IPC

There have been 45 new IPC decisions since 2015. 45!

So if you need a cheat sheet that summaries those decisions and orders (all 60 of them) read my: IPC PHIPA Decisions 

 


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Team Privacy Training Events
October 16, October 24 and November 21

For Primary Care clinics, Children’s Aid and FHTs

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

Speaking event October 23, 2019

Osgoode Professional Development – Mental health Certificate

Kate joins the faculty for this training event. More details...

Primary care webinars: Managing Incapacity & Consent to Treatment

Part of Kate’s monthly webinar series.

Our October webinar is about managing incapacity, and the November title is Consent to Treatment.
Full details of the 2020 webinar series and registration here.

Advanced Privacy Officer training
December 10, 2019

For experienced Privacy Officers within healthcare organisations.

This one day training course focuses on how to handle difficult privacy situations using real-life (but anonymized) case studies and role-play. Full details and registration here...

Privacy Officer training
January 20 & 27 and February 3,10 & 18, 2020

Kate is the program chair for the Osgoode Certificate in Privacy in Healthcare.

This program explores the range of privacy interests that must be protected in the day-to-day treatment of patients, the development of information systems and the creation of institutional policies. More details...

Free healthcare privacy webinar - ask me anything!
October 2, November 6 and December 4

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.

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