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Canadian Health Information: A Practical Legal and Risk Management Guide, Third Edition

Format Softcover
Catalogue No. 0-433-42381-1
Pages 238
Language English only
Price $90.00
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Written by Lorne E. Rozovsky and Noela J. Inions.
Published by Butterworths, 2002.


Canadian Health Information is specifically written for health professionals, administrative staff, health planners and consultants, and their legal counsel. It is designed as a practical guide that is a quick and easy reference.

It is a succinct description of the legal issues affecting the practical day-to-day use of health information in health organizations. This edition takes into account that health information goes far beyond what have traditionally been referred to as "health records" or, in the past, "patient records". It recognizes that health information may be found in hospitals, long-term care facilities, clinics, the offices of solo physicians and other health practitioners, home care agencies, health associations and government agencies.

The focus of the book is on the prevention, or, at least, minimization of the risks of lawsuits and other legal proceedings, and discusses both the legal implications and risk management techniques.

Features of the third edition include:
  • comprehensive, up-to-date coverage of the latest issues affecting Canadian health information including fully revised chapters addressing everything from storing and disposing of health information to documenting treatment orders, and from documenting consent to devising effective policies;
  • coverage of current legislation affecting access to health information in the public and private sectors, including provincial Freedom of Information acts and the federal Personal Information Protection Electronic Documents Act;
  • practical considerations and rules at the end of relevant chapters;
  • checklists facilitate the drafting of policies and procedures for everything from maintaining appropriate handwritten charts to safely storing electronic health information to protecting patient confidentiality when health information is shared with other organizations or individuals;
  • prototype Policies and Procedures help create effective health information systems for hospitals, laboratories, home care agencies, nursing homes and other health care facilities.
Endorsed by Canadian Health Records Association.

This book provides quick answers to the myriad issues faced by health care facilities when it comes to gathering, maintaining and using confidential health information.

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