What Happens Within the “Circle of Care” – Stays Within the “Circle of Care”

We have had Personal Health Information Privacy legislation (PHIPA) in Ontario since 2004, and employers regularly emphasise to their staff the perils of indiscriminately viewing personal health records (and conduct random audits to determine compliance). Yet healthcare information privacy violations still occur – sometimes with very serious consequences for both the patient and the healthcare […]

Medical Assistance in Dying – What if I don’t agree with it

Until recently, Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) had been prohibited in Canada under the Criminal Code.  However, in the Carter v. Canada decision (February 6, 2015), the Supreme Court of Canada found that an absolute prohibition on MAID violated an individual’s legal rights under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.  The Charter states that […]

Personal Information in the Information Age

The astonishing array of personal information available at our fingertips has had two very different effects on our society, our healthcare system and on us as healthcare professionals. One is the growing awareness that we need to safeguard our privacy from the technology that has encroached on virtually every part of our lives. The other […]

“Once more unto the breach, dear friends…”

For some reason I can’t quite understand, there have recently been a number of very serious privacy breaches involving health care professionals being caught snooping into patient personal health records. Surprisingly, some of these incidences have involved fairly high profile individuals (such as was the case concerning former Toronto Mayor Rob Ford)1, and some have […]

We wear our license-to-practise everywhere we go

By now you have probably heard about the individuals who thought it would be “hilarious” and “amazing” to direct an extremely obscene comment at a CityNews reporter covering a TFC game. Their behaviour was undeniably shameful and disgraceful – and the reporter (good on her) called them on it.But what is truly fascinating about this […]