Mandatory privacy breach reporting comes into effect in Alberta as of August 31, 2018. From that date forward, custodians of patient information must notify the Privacy Commissioner, the Minister of Health, and the individual whose information was lost or improperly disclosed if there is risk of harm. Let’s examine how to assess risk of harm so that you can be sure if and when a breach needs to be reported. (more…)
Communication is a fundamental component of our relationship with our patients. When communications lag, patient care can also lag. Communication beyond practice walls has not kept up with advancements in modern communications. Currently, many feel that outreach communications cannot be used due to inadequate privacy and security (as per this report of a BC ER doc not notifying a patient of possible cancer for 11 months!). That argument no longer holds, as a fully modern, secure, and private messaging platform is available today, and it is time to embrace secure email as an integral part of clinical practice.
In the Canadian healthcare industry, communication technology has lagged behind due to the belief that security and reliability aren’t achievable through modern efforts. As the inefficiencies of working with out-dated forms of communication pile up, the need for a secure and efficient alternative has risen to the forefront. (more…)