Kate Dewhirst Health Law

We are a law firm serving health sector organizations in Ontario. We bring the law to life by making it understandable, practical and fun to learn.

If you are a leader in a health care organization in Ontario and need legal advice or a keynote speak or team training - Kate Dewhirst Health Law can assist.

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Health Privacy Update – Do not ignore patient access requests for records

The main message: A doctor (or any other health information custodian) should never ignore a patient’s access request for records.

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katedewhirst.com Health Privacy Update – Do not ignore patient access requests for records Posted January 11, 2019by Kate Dewhirst There are two recent health privacy decisions of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario that have similar facts and similar outcomes. The main message: A doctor (or any ot...

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Health Privacy Update: Do you have a video surveillance camera on your property?

What happens when someone asks for access to recordings? It depends. Here’s a story about what might happen.

https://katedewhirst.com/blog/2019/01/15/health-privacy-update-do-you-have-a-video-surveillance-camera-on-your-property/

#FHTs #Hospitals #LongTermCare #Privacy #MentalHealthFacilities #VideoSurveillance

katedewhirst.com Health Privacy Update: Do you have a video surveillance camera on your property? Posted January 15, 2019by Kate Dewhirst Many health care organizations like hospitals, long term care homes, primary care practices, laboratories and pharmacies have video surveillance systems. What happens when someone...

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Eight do's and don'ts for performance reviews

When you have an early warning system you don't hold all those reports until the end of the year. You look for proactive ways throughout the year to support and address issues

https://www.advocatedaily.com/kate-dewhirst-eight-dos-and-donts-for-performance-reviews-1.html

#physician #dentist #midwives #nursepractitioners #AdvocateDaily

advocatedaily.com It’s physician performance review season, and hospital leaders should make sure there are no surprises when they summarize the year’s successes and failures, Toronto health lawyer and coach Kate Dewhirst tells AdvocateDaily.com.

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Ontario Health Teams Wave 1: Privacy and culture shift supports during your transition

The healthcare system is undergoing a massive reorganization. I’d love to be involved in your strategy for how to make #privacy an enabler of health services and not an impediment to integration.

https://katedewhirst.com/blog/2019/05/14/ontario-health-teams-wave-1-privacy-and-culture-shift-supports-during-your-transition/

#OHTs #OntarioHealthTeams #Wave1 #healthcare #onpoli

katedewhirst.com Ontario Health Teams Wave 1: Privacy and culture shift supports during your transition Posted May 14, 2019by Kate Dewhirst You and your community have signed up to be a Wave 1 Ontario Health Team. Does it feel like you are on a roller coaster? You signed up. You’ve strapped yourself into the seat....

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After death: who can access the records of a patient after death?

The IPC answers the questions:

- What is personal health information and who holds it?
- Can I access my deceased relative’s personal health information?
...and more

https://katedewhirst.com/blog/2019/05/07/after-death-who-can-access-the-records-of-a-patient-after-death/

#FHT #Hospitals #LongTermCare #Privacy #deathestate #trustee #executor

katedewhirst.com After death: who can access the records of a patient after death? Posted May 7, 2019by Kate Dewhirst The Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario released a new resource today for the general public called “Accessing Your Deceased Relative’s Personal Information“. The resource first add...

[JUNE 5] Register for my free upcoming Ask Me Anything Privacy Officer webinar at this link...

https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8849447221986181899

#FHTs #Hospitals #LongTermCare #Privacy #MentalHealthFacilities

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Ontario Health Teams Wave 1: Privacy and culture shift supports during your transition

The healthcare system is undergoing a massive reorganization. I’d love to be involved in your strategy for how to make #privacy an enabler of health services and not an impediment to integration.

https://katedewhirst.com/blog/2019/05/14/ontario-health-teams-wave-1-privacy-and-culture-shift-supports-during-your-transition/

#OHTs #OntarioHealthTeams #Wave1 #healthcare #onpoli

katedewhirst.com Ontario Health Teams Wave 1: Privacy and culture shift supports during your transition Posted May 14, 2019by Kate Dewhirst You and your community have signed up to be a Wave 1 Ontario Health Team. Does it feel like you are on a roller coaster? You signed up. You’ve strapped yourself into the seat....

How To Avoid Privacy Problems Without Team Tantrums. Claim your free privacy officer training video series!

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#PrivacyOfficer #Hospital #FamilyHealthTeam #FHT #LongTermCare #MentalHealth #PublicHealth #BirthCentre #NPLC #pharmacy #HealthcareInstitution

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Doctors who are kind have healthier patients who heal faster, according to new book

washingtonpost.com A new book makes a strong argument for doctors who are kind and warm — because they have better patient outcomes.

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After death: who can access the records of a patient after death?

The IPC answers the questions:

- What is personal health information and who holds it?
- Can I access my deceased relative’s personal health information?
...and more

https://katedewhirst.com/blog/2019/05/07/after-death-who-can-access-the-records-of-a-patient-after-death/

#FHT #Hospitals #LongTermCare #Privacy #deathestate #trustee #executor

katedewhirst.com After death: who can access the records of a patient after death? Posted May 7, 2019by Kate Dewhirst The Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario released a new resource today for the general public called “Accessing Your Deceased Relative’s Personal Information“. The resource first add...

Webinar recording now available! Topics covered:

- Health privacy law update
- When do children make their own information decisions?
- Q&A

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#healthprivacy #FHTs #HealthLaws #Hospitals #MentalHealth #Privacy #childconsent #consent #capacity

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You are not alone

The road to coroners’ inquests and costly litigation is paved with stories of people who knew they were in a pickle – but didn’t ask for advice.

https://katedewhirst.com/blog/2019/04/23/you-are-not-alone/

#FHTs #Hospitals #LongTermCare #MentalHealth facilities #YouAreNotAlone

katedewhirst.com You are not alone Posted April 23, 2019by Kate Dewhirst One of the most important things to remember when working in health care is that you are not alone. When in doubt, ask for advice. If you ever have cause to think to yourself: “Wow. This is the hardest situation I’ve ever had to manage.” ...

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Nurse’s personal comments on Facebook and Twitter constitute “Professional Misconduct”: what do family health teams need to know about social media and the law?

What do #FamilyHealth teams need to know about #SocialMedia and the #Law?

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#healthprivacy #FHTs #HealthLaw #employee

katedewhirst.com Nurse’s personal comments on Facebook and Twitter constitute “Professional Misconduct”: what do family health teams need to know about social media and the law? Posted December 5, 2016by Kate Dewhirst Last week I presented with Maria McDonald on “Social Media and the Law” and issues family...

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Managing difficult employees – 6 minute video

[VIDEO] Managing difficult employees

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#employees #employment #career #healthinformation #healthprivacy #HealthLaw

katedewhirst.com Managing difficult employees – 6 minute video Posted February 7, 2017by Kate Dewhirst Maria McDonald of McDonald Human Resources Law and I just did a webinar on “Managing difficult employees and how to terminate employment with compassion” for a group of family health teams. Watch this 6-minut...

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There is no magic age when children make their own health privacy decisions

To avoid surprises for parents, it is important to explain that over time, most children will become capable of making their own decisions.

https://katedewhirst.com/blog/2019/05/07/there-is-no-magic-age-when-children-make-their-own-health-privacy-decisions/

#FHTs #HealthLaws #Hospitals #MentalHealth #Privacy #childconsent #consent #capacity

katedewhirst.com There is no magic age when children make their own health privacy decisions Posted May 7, 2019by Kate Dewhirst This comes as a surprise to most lay people. In Ontario, and in many jurisdictions around the world, children make their own health privacy decisions when they are “capable” of doing so...

[JUNE 5] Register for my free upcoming Ask Me Anything Privacy Officer webinar at this link...

https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8849447221986181899

#FHTs #Hospitals #LongTermCare #Privacy #MentalHealthFacilities

My up-to-date summary of IPC/O decisions available at this link!

https://marketing.katedewhirst.com/ipc-summary

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To avoid surprises for parents, it is important to explain that over time, most children will become capable of making their own decisions.

https://katedewhirst.com/blog/2019/05/07/there-is-no-magic-age-when-children-make-their-own-health-privacy-decisions/

#FHTs #HealthLaws #Hospitals #MentalHealth #Privacy #childconsent #consent #capacity

How to Prevent Overwhelm As A New Privacy Officer In Health Care. Claim your free privacy officer training video series!

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#PrivacyOfficer #Hospital #FamilyHealthTeam #FHT #LongTermCare #PublicHealth #BirthCentre #NPLC #pharmacy #HealthcareInstitution

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You are not alone

The road to coroners’ inquests and costly litigation is paved with stories of people who knew they were in a pickle – but didn’t ask for advice.

https://katedewhirst.com/blog/2019/04/23/you-are-not-alone/

#FHTs #Hospitals #LongTermCare #MentalHealth facilities #YouAreNotAlone

katedewhirst.com You are not alone Posted April 23, 2019by Kate Dewhirst One of the most important things to remember when working in health care is that you are not alone. When in doubt, ask for advice. If you ever have cause to think to yourself: “Wow. This is the hardest situation I’ve ever had to manage.” ...

There can be tension between privacy rights of individuals and the public interest.

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#healthinformation #personalhealth #healthprivacy #HealthLaw #TorontoLawyer #FHTs #MentalHealth #MentalHealthFacilities #privacy

[JUNE 5] Register for my free upcoming Ask Me Anything Privacy Officer webinar at this link...

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#FHTs #Hospitals #LongTermCare #Privacy #MentalHealthFacilities

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Medical affairs leaders play a vital role

Medical affairs leaders make up an important element of the health-care system that the public hears little about, says Toronto health lawyer

http://www.advocatedaily.com/kate-dewhirst-medical-affairs-leaders-play-a-vital-role.html

#KateDewhirst #privacy #hospitals #FHTs #medicalaffairs

advocatedaily.com Medical affairs leaders make up an important element of the health-care system that the public hears little about, says Toronto health lawyer Kate Dewhirst.

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Don’t just throw it away! New report that paper health records can cause serious privacy issues

A Canadian study published in the JAMA found that hospitals have a serious issue when it comes to throwing away paper copies of health records.

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#FHTs #Hospitals #MentalHealthFacilities #Privacy #HealthLaw

katedewhirst.com Don’t just throw it away! New report that paper health records can cause serious privacy issues Posted March 22, 2018by Kate Dewhirst A new Canadian study published in the American Medical Association journal JAMA found that hospitals have a serious issue when it comes to throwing away paper copie...

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You are not alone

The road to coroners’ inquests and costly litigation is paved with stories of people who knew they were in a pickle – but didn’t ask for advice.

https://katedewhirst.com/blog/2019/04/23/you-are-not-alone/

#FHTs #Hospitals #LongTermCare #MentalHealth facilities #YouAreNotAlone

katedewhirst.com You are not alone Posted April 23, 2019by Kate Dewhirst One of the most important things to remember when working in health care is that you are not alone. When in doubt, ask for advice. If you ever have cause to think to yourself: “Wow. This is the hardest situation I’ve ever had to manage.” ...

My up-to-date summary of IPC/O decisions available at this link!

https://marketing.katedewhirst.com/ipc-summary

#FHTs #Hospitals #LongTermCare #MentalHealthFacilities #Privacy #PrivacyOfficer #IPC #HealthPrivacy #MentalHealth #PublicHealth #BirthCentre #NPLC #pharmacy #HealthcareInstitution

[MAY 1] Register for my free upcoming Ask Me Anything Privacy Officer webinar at this link...

https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2532465942458906114

#FHTs #Hospitals #LongTermCare #Privacy #MentalHealthFacilities

3 Things Privacy Officers In Health Care Need To Learn From The IPC. Claim your free privacy officer training video series!

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JUN 18 – Advanced Privacy Officer training is SOLD OUT!

Looking forward to a day of interactive scenario-based training that will test, challenge and hone your privacy skills

#FHTs #Hospitals #LongTermCare #Privacy #MentalHealthFacilities

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Ruling brings clarity to sharing health-care providers' names

The default position of health-care organizations should be to share service providers’ full names to patients on request - via AdvocateDaily.com

https://www.advocatedaily.com/kate-dewhirst-ruling-brings-clarity-to-sharing-health-care-providers-names.html

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advocatedaily.com The default position of health-care organizations should be to share service providers’ full names to patients on request, Toronto health lawyer Kate Dewhirst tells AdvocateDaily.com.

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5 traps you should avoid when a patient complains

In my experience, these are the 5 biggest mistakes that health care organizations make when they receive complaints.

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#FHTs #Hospitals #Mental#Health#Facilities #Patients #HealthLaw #Healthcare

katedewhirst.com 5 traps you should avoid when a patient complains Posted March 20, 2018by Kate Dewhirst Every health care organization receives complaints. A complaint is any negative feedback received from a patient or family member of a patient about your services. Health care is a complicated service industry an...

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What do medical affairs leaders in hospitals do?

The public knows very little about the tangled web relationship between hospitals, physicians, and other professional staff members like dentists, midwives, and certain nurse practitioners.

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#Credentialing #Hospitals #physicians #PublicHospitalsAct

katedewhirst.com What do medical affairs leaders in hospitals do? Posted March 13, 2018by Kate Dewhirst One of my favourite activities is working with medical affairs leaders in hospitals managing complaints and concerns about physicians. But when I tell people about that work – I get a few quizzical looks. Medica...

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What if she really doesn’t want to handle the truth? Nuanced discussion of how to inform patients of a terminal diagnosis

Should a doctor always disclose a terminal illness? Absolutely yes. Every time.

Then I read the article. It gave me pause.

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#BookReviews #Consenttotreatment #FHTs #Hospitals #LongTermCare #MentalHealthFacilities #consent

katedewhirst.com What if she really doesn’t want to handle the truth? Nuanced discussion of how to inform patients of a terminal diagnosis Posted April 5, 2018by Kate Dewhirst This article in the Guardian, Should a doctor always disclose a terminal illness?, had me hopping at the title. Should a doctor always disc...

[JUN 18 – ONLY 1 SEAT LEFT!] Join me for Advanced Privacy Officer training - a day of interactive scenario-based training that will test, challenge and hone your privacy skills

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[MAY 1] Register for my free upcoming Ask Me Anything Privacy Officer webinar at this link...

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[STARTS APR 30] Join my health sector Privacy Officer training.

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