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 […]

Avoiding “Alert Fatigue”

Advances in computerized technology provide health care professionals with enhanced capability to monitor a wide variety of patient conditions and, hopefully, prevent adverse events.  However, with that comes a multitude of alerts, alarms and – in the case of ventilators and cardiac monitors – a cacophony of noise and flashing lights.  This has led to […]