Protecting Privacy of Patients, Mothers, New-Borns and Family Caregivers
March 3, 2015
Hosted by Dr. Gordon Atherley
Brian Beamish, Acting Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario, www.ipc.on.ca, (IPC) talks about his life, career and experience of family caregiving. He explains the work of IPC and his role as Acting Commissioner. He explains privacy breaches that Rouge Valley Health System hospital reported to IPC, why these are matters for concern. He describes the effects on the mothers and their new-borns of the breaches while they were in the care of the Rouge Valley Health System. He describes how IPC responded with an official Order, and its findings. He explains the changes IPC ordered for the hospital’s electronic information system, the hospital’s administrators, and for the hospital’s healthcare professionals and other staff. He says what more he would like to do and see done to improve protection of privacy of patients, mothers, new-borns and family caregivers in the care of hospitals. He shares his message for women who soon will be mothers of new-borns in the care of hospitals.
Family Caregivers Unite!
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Family caregivers are the people who provide care to partners, parents, children, brothers, sisters, cousins, friends, neighbors and even co-workers. They are the people who provide care when everyone else has gone home. They are the people who organize the functioning of the home for the person with special needs, and for the family as a whole. They are the coordinators of care, the managers of appointments, the preventers of loneliness, and the makers of decisions even to the point of Power of Attorney. And they are so often people who themselves are burdened with their own health challenges and who may be in only marginally better health than the persons to whom they are providing family caregiving.
Dr. Gordon Atherley
Dr Gordon Atherley holds the British equivalent of the Canadian PhD and MD degrees, and LLD, Honoris Causa, from Canada’s Simon Fraser University. His awards include Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, UK. His medical specialties are occupational medicine and public health.
As first President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, the Canadian equivalent of the US National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, he led the creation of Canada’s electronic information service in occupational health and safety, now used in more than 40 countries.
In academia, he held senior, tenured, full-time positions, including departmental chair, in university faculties of physics, engineering, and medicine. He is the author of a textbook and numerous articles and publications.
Since retiring from medical practice, he’s built up Greyhead Associates, which critically researches the safety, effectiveness and fairness of health services for persons with special needs.
Through Virtual Care International, a company of which he’s President, he’s involved in providing sensible technology to family caregivers to help them with their responsibilities, workloads, and concerns.
Now an activist, he urges family caregivers to unite because, more and more, it’s not just their families who depend on them, it’s also the healthcare system as a whole, as it struggles to meet more and more needs of more and more people.