Dialogue Volume 15, Issue 3 2019 - Page 3

Features continued 31 Addressing Privacy Breaches The College is now consulting on a draft policy that addresses patient privacy and unauthorized collection and access of personal health information. 32 Medical Records Consultation Let us know what you think about our reorganization of our most referenced policy – the Medical Records policy. It has now been divided into two, newly titled draft policies that cover distinct topics related to medical records. 34 Policy Redesign Initiative Council has approved a second batch of policies redesigned to enhance their readability for physicians. As with the first batch of redesigned policies approved by Council in May, the expectations articulated within these nine policies have not changed. 35 C  larifying the Expectations of Effective Referral As part of our policy redesign process, Council has taken the opportunity to clarify the language of its “effective referral” requirement that is embedded within two high profile policies. 36  Closing a Practice  What steps can a physician take when closing his or her practice in order to minimize the impact on patients? Read about our new policy. Practice Partner 39 37 Safeguarding Patients’ Health Information The Information and Privacy Commissioner has set out some steps to help health-care custodians keep the health information of their patients private and safe. 39 Opioid e-Learning Opportunities Helping clinicians acquire the skills to improve pain and opioid management is a priority. The University of Toronto and McMaster programs show that the right e-Learning offers an effective prescription for progress. 43 A  ddressing Intimate Partner Violence in Your Practice Every family physician has patients in their practice who are experiencing abuse at home. As such, FPs have a crucial opportunity to be a support, perhaps even a lifeline, to such patients. 47  Fast Access to Specialists  The Ontario eConsult Program enables requesting primary health care providers to ask clinical questions to a specialist electronically and receive a response within days, often eliminating the need for an in-person patient. 49 A  ssessing Potential Suicidality – Patient Safety 32 Health-care practitioners are reminded to document all relevant history when assessing individuals with potential suicidality, says a committee of the Chief Coroner’s office.