The evolution of communication and other technologies is impacting every aspect of our lives - not the least of which is the provision of health care. Patients in Canada can now receive medical reminders, advice, care, testing and treatment through telephones, computers and other personal digital assistants (PDAs). Physicians remotely provide diagnoses and advice, direct surgeries and perform procedures. Health care records are becoming electronic and integrated. These dynamic health care innovations create legal issues from multiple perspectives.
We understand the need to expand the reach of technology systems to support secure, reliable and comprehensive patient care. Our health and technology lawyers understand what is required by the telemedicine industry and the health care sector which it serves. We work with e-health users, providers and key stakeholders, including Canada Health Infoway. We formed one of Canada’s largest telemedicine (telehealth) providers, operating across both interprovincial and international borders.
We act for publicly funded organizations, professional colleges, charities, private corporations and individuals that provide, fund, regulate or service the provision of health care delivery. Our clients include hospitals and health authorities, long-term care homes, health care professionals and their regulatory colleges, home care companies, family health teams, family health organizations, independent health facilities and private clinics, among others.
We can advise you with respect to:
- Mobile technology (apps)
- Telemedicine (telehealth)
- Information technology
- Electronic health records / electronic medical records
- Remote communication of a diagnosis
- Online portals, patient direct access
- Data security and privacy issues
- Health information network provider arrangements
- Conduct of cross-border diagnostic tests
- Provision of cross-border medical advice
- Professional college rules
- Fees and billing
- Risk management
- Tax treatment for income earned outside of Canada
- Technology, business process and transformational outsourcing transactions
- Corporate policy development and implementation, including with respect to IT security, IP, document retention, conflicts, etc.
- Technology licensing and development
- New technology issues generally, including cloud computing and virtualization
- Intellectual property protection and commercialization (patents, trademarks, etc.)
- Remote delegation of controlled acts
- Privacy issues