Recently, I’ve been studying the privacy regimes in Canada, the United States, Europe, Australia and South-East Asia. While most countries in the developed world have principle-based privacy protections in place, few come close to Canada with respect to the comprehensiveness and oversight of privacy legislation to protect personal health information (PHI). Consider that Canada, with … Continue reading Drinking from the Firehose: Health Privacy in Canada
A few days ago I received a call from an ITAC Health member about a memo he received from a major Toronto area hospital system. The memo stated that as of a certain date all vendor sales and service personnel entering hospital facilities must produce credentials confirming that they have undergone a criminal record and … Continue reading Vendor Credentialing: Good Idea – Bad Execution
As we approach Digital Health Week and the role vendors can play in advancing the cause of digital health, I would like to reflect on the latest IT trend sweeping the globe: The Internet of Things. The Internet of Things (IoT) is the network of common devices and sensors that are connected to the Internet … Continue reading The Internet of (Health) Things
“Innovation” is the rallying cry of our time. Its more than a buzzword. It’s a strategy. It’s a ground up movement with few rules. Consumers, corporations and public sector organizations are racing to tap into the gold rush of technological innovation. While innovation happens in organizations of all sizes, the energy we are feeling in … Continue reading The Start-up’s Quick Guide to Privacy
During the recent HIMSS conference in Chicago, I had dinner with several ITAC members, including the young COO of a Canadian start-up company developing mobile applications for health care. During the course of the conversation someone asked him who his “dream” employer would be. I was expecting a response like Telus, Google or Microsoft; those companies … Continue reading Doctor Loblaws!