Privacy and the Virtual Care Visit

Reading time: 3 minutes The Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner (IPC) of Ontario developed new guidance, making it clear privacy obligations apply to virtual care as it does to in-person care.

Safe Administration of COVID-19 Vaccines

Reading time: 5 minutes The Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) recently published a bulletin sharing a number of leading practices that facilitate the safe administration of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Are You Hearing Your Patients’ Stories?

Reading time: 7 minutes Listening skills are critical for the sake of a patient’s storytelling. Especially when patients are working their way to reveal their underlying or unexpected agendas.

Clear Communication in High-risk Transitions

Reading time: 5 minutes A review into the homicide of a woman by her elderly husband revealed missed opportunities for communication between police, hospital clinical staff, and home care providers.

The Power of Apology

Reading time: 4 minutes One bereaved mother explains how receiving an apology helped her family begin the process of healing.

Patient Safety — Interprofessional Collaboration

Reading time: 3 minutes Expert committees of the Chief Coroner’s office call for improved collaboration after reviewing the circumstances of two deaths.

COVID-19 Notifications

Reading time: 2 minutes OntarioMD has adapted its digital notification system so that positive COVID-19 results are pushed straight to clinicians’ electronic medical records.

Can AI Help Deliver Deep Medicine?

Reading time: 9 minutes The greatest opportunity offered by artificial intelligence is to strengthen the connection between patients and their doctors.

Encouraging Candour

Reading time: 6 minutes It can be hard to get patients – or anyone – to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth 100% of the time. Maybe the goal should simply be to make it a little easier to do so most of the time. We discuss how in this installment of Doc Talk.

The Safety Risks Posed by Restraints

Reading time: 3 minutes An expert committee of the Chief Coroner’s Office highlights the safety risks posed by restraints.

Phishing

Reading time: 4 minutes Ontario’s Information and Privacy Commissioner is warning physicians and their staff members to be aware of the threat posed by phishing emails designed to attack their computer systems.

Seropositive Physicians and Exposure Prone Procedures

Reading time: 2 minutes The College has clarified its requirements for physicians infected with a blood borne virus who perform or assist with exposure prone procedures.