Access, Privacy, Security, & Records Management

December 02 - 03, 2015 | The Old Mill Inn, Toronto, ON

2015 PHIPA Connections Summit to examine coming changes to legislation...and then some

Advisory Committee Proud to Release Agenda for 2015 PHIPA Connections Summit!

In case you didn`t think this privacy thing was a big deal in healthcare we are presented with a myriad of examples regarding gross violations of patient privacy. Since the 2012/2013 fiscal year one organization has started tracking privacy incidents and data. It has logged 258 privacy incidents, which include:

  • Taking photographs of a patient without consent.
  • Using patient information for research without consent or hospital approval.
  • Faxing medical records to the wrong care provider.
  • Accessing medical records without being involved in the patient’s care.
  • Storing unencrypted patient information on personal laptops.

A recent popular case involving former Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has gained significant attention from Ontario's Information and Privacy Commissioner, Brian Beamish. In fact he is recommending prosecution in this case, which is a consequence global privacy pundits suggest will become more "popular" in the very near future.

“We reviewed all the information we were given and referred two individuals to the Attorney General. We cannot provide any further details,” IPC Spokesperson

Health Minister Eric Hoskins is also not taking the matter lightly.

“Next to health care itself there are few things more important to my ministry than protecting the privacy of individuals,”

“We need to give Ontarians confidence that their privacy is being respected and protected. We need to do a better job, all of us, at that. That’s what this pending legislation will address,” Eric Hoskins, Ontario Minister of Health

If potential changes to the current legislation, and the introduction of a new legislation is not enough to make stand-up and take notice, a recent information request by The Star revealed more than 400 health-related privacy violation complaints were lodged with the provincial Information and Privacy Commissioner in 2012, and then again in 2013.  Of those 218 were at just 8 of Toronto`s largest health institutions.

“the math tells you [the number of unreported violations] is going to be in the thousands,” Brian Beamish, Information and Privacy Commissioner

The 2015 PHIPA Connections Summmit is dedicated to helping the healthcare community address these very issues. It is intended to assist organizations strike the right balance between the legitimate need of health professionals to collect, use or disclose personal health information and the need to maintain the confidentiality of such sensitive information. It will look at the connections with information security and responsible records management.

Join your colleagues to day at Ontario's premier event dedicated to Heatlh Information Management. To find out more go here: Registration Information

Super Saver Date Expires October 2nd!

Verney Conference Management and the Community-Based Advisory Committee are proud to present the “2015 PHIPA Connections Summit - Access, Privacy, Security, & Records Management”.

This summit aims to provide, at a very reasonable cost, the most useful and practical information for organizations regulated by the Personal Health Information Protection Act in Ontario. It is intended to help such organizations understand the Connections between access to health information, privacy, information security, and records management in order to more effectively manage their privacy risks up-front, and respond more effectively if things go wrong.

The Advisory Committee for the 2015 PHIPA Connections Summit has identified the program streams for this event, which are set out below. The Advisory Committee is inviting individuals to submit proposals for presentations to be heard at the Summit that relate to the program stream topics. The 2015 PHIPA Connections Summit will offer 1.5 days of plenary and breakout sessions, plus a half-day of optional in-depth workshops.

"While PHIPA has served Ontarians well over the last decade, rapid changes in technology and communications are demanding that we keep pace. With the growing use of electronic health records, the province needs a legislative framework that addresses the rights of individuals and the duties and obligations of health care providers in an electronic environment. Modernizing PHIPA will pave the way for a smooth and seamless transition toward 21st century health care while protecting our privacy. "   - Brian Beamish, Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario

The conference content will be focused around the following 4 program streams:

  • Access to Health Information
  • Privacy and the Organization
  • Using New Technologies
  • ePHIPA and records management

2015 PHIPA Connections Summit seeks Community Partners

Not-for-profit organizations, whose members might be subject to Ontario's PHIPA Legislation are the perfect fit

UPDATE: This conference qualifies for Continuing Professional Development credits towards your PACC Professional Certification, for more information goto

Are you a member based, not-for-profit organization, whose members might be subject to Ontario's PHIPA Legislation and are looking for ways to help? Are you also looking for ways to increase the value of membership for your members?

You can do both by becoming a Community Partner of the 2015 PHIPA Connections Summit: Access, Privacy, Security, and Records Management, while also increasing your organization's exposure! To learn more go here:  Community Partners