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Globally, healthcare accounted for more privacy breaches than any other industry in 2018.   The number of incidents continues to rise as healthcare institutions are frequently in the news for mismanaging personal health information.  Breaches and missteps can result in significant reputational risk and institutional liability.

Maintaining adequate privacy around health information is a core priority of patients, medical institutions and professionals, software vendors, and clinical researchers. A web of regulatory instruments and best practices have developed to protect sensitive medical data. These ensure that only those who require access for treatment or research purposes are able to view this most personal category of private information. Failure to adopt adequate protective initiatives can leave patients vulnerable to the loss of highly sensitive personal information and medical organizations liable for breeches that can lead to class actions and a loss of trust by their patient populations.

If you are a healthcare risk manager, privacy officer, director of care/professional practice, a lawyer advising on privacy and information management issues, nurse or nurse educator, it is critical that you have a current understanding of the key issues and how to deal with them. Or, if you are involved in healthcare IT or software, you should be able to understand the complex regulatory web and your clients’ needs. Designed by an expert multidisciplinary faculty, the Osgoode Certificate in Privacy Law and Information Management in Healthcare will explore the range privacy interests that must be protected in the day-to-day treatment of patients, the development of information systems and the creation of institutional policies. It will provide practical strategies for complying with regulatory and contractual obligations and designing viable procedures for governing health data systems and partnerships.

Over the course of one week, comprised of instructional sessions and practical, hands-on learning, get up-to-date on topics, including:

  • Demystifying the regulatory landscape: PHIPA, PIPEDA, MFIPPA, FIPPA and other targeted or sector-specific laws (such as Public Hospitals Act, Mental Health Act, Health Protection and Promotion Act, Long-Term Care Homes Act) and Privacy Act
  • Strategies and tactics for lost or stolen devices, including best practices for storing data
  • Responding to privacy breaches
  • Creating effective consent directives
  • Managing data sharing agreements with vendors and other patient services
  • Best practices for effective data management and ensuring data integrity
  • Determining and minimizing risk: medical devices and other sources of patient information
  • Conducting privacy impact assessments
  • Managing threat risk assessments
  • Understanding how to meet audit requirements and managing the costs of data verification
  • Guidelines for cross border data sharing (particularly in cloud-based services)


Program Chair

  • Kate Dewhirst, Kate Dewhirst Health Law

Advisory Board

  • Abigail Carter-Langford, Vice President, Governance, Risk & Compliance, Chief Privacy Officer, Canada Health Infoway Inc.
  • Mary Gavel, Privacy Lead, CritiCall Ontario at Hamilton Health Sciences
  • Anna Gibson-Olajos, Executive Director, Powassan & Area Family Health Team
  • Martina Munden, General Counsel, Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA)
  • Cathy Yaskow, Director of Information Stewardship, Access & Privacy, Vancouver Island Health Authority


  • Rodney Burns, Chief Information Officer, Alliance for Healthier Communities
  • Rosario Cartagena, Chief Privacy and Legal Officer, ICES
  • Abigail Carter-Langford, Vice President, Governance, Risk & Compliance, Chief Privacy Officer, Canada Health Infoway Inc.
  • Shantona Chaudhury, Pape Chaudhury LLP
  • Lisa Corrente, Torkin Manes LLP
  • Shawna Coxon, Deputy Chief, Priority Response Command, Toronto Police Service
  • Kate Dewhirst, Kate Dewhirst Health Law
  • Manuela Di Re, Director of Legal Services, Information & Privacy Commissioner of Ontario
  • Julie Drury, Chair, Patient and Family Advisory Council, Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
  • Sari Feferman, Rosen Sunshine LLP
  • Dr. Thérèse Hodgson, Champlain physician lead for Northern and Eastern Region, ConnectingOntario
  • Emilia Jasnic, Manager of Information Technology, Criticall Ontario
  • Gillian Kafka, Legal Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer, Hamilton Health Sciences
  • Andrew King, Executive Director, Technology & Integration, OntarioMD
  • Paula Kocsis, Director, Privacy and Information Access, Sinai Health System
  • Patricia Kosseim, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP
  • David Krebs, Miller Thompson LLP
  • Michael McEvoy, Information and Privacy Commissioner, British Columbia
  • Norman Mizobuchi, Spiteri & Ursulak LLP
  • Martina Munden, General Counsel, Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA)
  • Kendra Naidoo, Legal Counsel, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
  • Kopiha Nathan, Privacy and Compliance Officer, Healthcare Insurance Reciprocal of Canada
  • Yoel Robens-Paradise, Vice-President, Gevity
  • Dr. Nelson Shen, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
  • Ariane Siegel, General Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer, OntarioMD
  • Dr. David Wiljer, Executive Director, Education, Technology & Innovation, University Health Network


CCHL Accreditation

MAINTENANCE OF CERTIFICATION: Attendance at this program entitles certified Canadian College of Health Leaders members (CHE / Fellow) to 15 Category II credits towards their maintenance of certification requirement.


Fees include attendance, program materials, lunch and break refreshments for each of the 5 days of the program.

Program Changes

We will make every effort to present the certificate program as advertised, but it may be necessary to change the dates, location, speakers or content with little or no notice. In the event of program cancellation, York University and Osgoode Hall Law School’s liability is limited to reimbursement of paid fees.

Cancellations and Substitutions

Substitution of registrants is permitted at any time. If you are unable to find a substitute, a full refund is available if a cancellation request is received in writing 21 days prior to the program date. If a cancellation request is made with less than 21 days notice, a $150 administration fee will apply. No other refund is available.

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In the event you experience technical difficulties, please contact opdsupport@osgoode.yorku.ca for assistance.


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Program Details

Questions on program registration?
Please contact the Registration Team at osgoodepd@osgoode.yorku.ca

Questions on the program content?
Please contact the Program Lawyer:
Bernard Sandler at BSandler@osgoode.yorku.ca

Program Details

Date & Time

January 20, 27, February 3, 10 & 18, 2020
In Person and Webcast


Osgoode Professional Development Centre,
1 Dundas St. W., 26th Floor Toronto, ON

Fee per Delegate

$3,395 + HST

New Calls (2017-present): $1,697.50

Registration for this program is now closed.

Eligible CPD Credit Hours


Who Should Attend

  • Health records leaders/custodians
  • Lawyers advising on privacy issues and information technology or health law
  • Privacy officers and other privacy professionals working in healthcare settings
  • Corrections / Policing
  • eMR vendors
  • IT security managers
  • Family health teams
  • Directors/VPs of nursing
  • Clinicians
  • Class action litigators
  • Risk Managers
  • Government Policy Makers
  • Regional Health Authorities


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Attendance at this program entitles certified Canadian College of Health Leaders members (CHE / Fellow) to 15 Category II credits towards their maintenance of certification requirement.

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