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Canadian Health Information, 4th Edition

Addresses the myriad issues faced by health care facilities when it comes to gathering, maintaining and using confidential health information.
Publication Language: English
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ISBN/ISSN: 9780433493648

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 In the foreword to Canadian Health Information, 4th Edition, Dr. Ann Cavoukian from the Privacy by Design Centre of Excellence at Ryerson University, succinctly describes the valuable insight this volume offers: “This textbook, and especially this edition, helps the reader understand the health information world and its closely linked healthcare system from a legal perspective, and to navigate through issues … in a practical way.”

 Since it was first published in 1984, this book has become the leading authority and the standard desk reference in the Canadian health system. The authors address the various issues that health facilities face when dealing with gathering, maintaining and using confidential patient information and provide an overview of the provincial and federal access and privacy legislation that applies to health information in the public and private sectors, including the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act. They also provide guidance on best practices for implementing appropriate policies and procedures.

 Significantly updated

Now in its fourth edition, Canadian Health Information has long been the go-to resource for healthcare professionals, organizations and lawyers. This latest version includes: 

  • Practical information and sample policies and procedures for effective health information systems
  • A discussion of recent technological advancements and their impact on the gathering, use and storage of health information
  • Significant updates to reflect major changes in legislation and case law
  • Commentary on new healthcare practices, with pointed “best practice” advice and recommendations
  • A brand-new chapter containing real case studies, with contributions from The Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) and Clinical Trials Ontario (CTO)
  • New and revised policies and forms, including a new information security policy, a data and biological sample transfer agreement and a privacy compliance checklist
  • A new section that discusses the ownership of data from a clinical study, such as bio samples, personal health information, study data, genetic data and medical records
  • Information about Accreditation Canada and its accreditation ratings
  • Details of updated guidelines and standards for retention of records
  • An in-depth discussion of what qualifies as privileged information
  • An examination of new developments in the case law related to suing for breach of confidentiality under common law
  • Updated legislative requirements for confidentiality and privacy
  • Completely revised chapters on digitization and information linkage, and electronic communications and health information
  • Practical considerations for the method of recording or documenting information
  • An analysis of the issues surrounding insurers’ access to health information
  • An exploration of important confidentiality concerns related to human health research projects                                                                                                               

A must-have reference

Canadian Health Information, 4th Edition would be an invaluable acquisition for:

 Healthcare professionals and administrative staff who must understand and deal with legal issues affecting the practical day-to-day use of health information in health organizations and corporations dealing with health data

  • Health organizations that deal with health data as it will help them identify, avoid and control potential legal and practical problems, including cybersecurity and ransomware
  • Professors and students who seek to understand legal and industry concerns related to health information
  • Health law lawyers so they can minimize and prevent the risks of lawsuits, class actions and other legal proceedings, and to provide risk management techniques
  • In-house counsel so they can provide advice about the legal risks and implications that arise when dealing with health information in health organizations

 

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Table of contents

Chapter 1: Health Information and the Law
Chapter 2: Purposes of Health Information
Chapter 3: What is Health Information?
Chapter 4: Standards for Health Information
Chapter 5: Retention, Storage and Disposal
Chapter 6: Health Information as Evidence
Chapter 7: Access to Health Information
Chapter 8: Confidentiality, Privacy and Disclosure to Third Parties
Chapter 9: Digitization and Information Linkage
Chapter 10: Electronic Communications and Health Information
Chapter 11: Documenting Treatment Orders
Chapter 12: Documenting Health Information
Chapter 13: Documenting Consent
Chapter 14: Defamation
Chapter 15: Employee Health Information
Chapter 16: Human Research and Health Information
Chapter 17: Risk Management in Health Information
Chapter 18: Case Studies
Chapter 19: Prototype Policies and Procedures

Appendix
Form #1: Consent to treatment
Form #2: General consent language for brain-CODE
Form #3: Permission to take photographs of patient
Form #4: Researcher’s confidentiality pledge/Confidentiality agreement
Form #5: Patient’s property release
Form #6: Temporary absence from hospital
Form #7: Patient leaving health facility against medical advice
Form #8: Consent to the release of information
Form #9: Data & biological sample transfer agreement
Form #10: Privacy compliance checklist
Form #11: Emergency Department screening tool