If you are an emerging technology company working in the health tech industry with operations in Ontario, you should probably head on over and read the latest article published by Daniel Fabiano and Sophie MacRae over at Fasken.com on the latest changes to Ontario’s health privacy law. On March 25, 2020, important new amendments to the Personal Health Information Protection Act, 2004 (PHIPA) were introduced by the Ontario government. Some of those amendments have come into force already, and others will take effect at some point in the future.
Daniel and Sophie summarize the changes in that article – but most importantly for your dev team – the amendments that will be coming into force at a future date will “impose new obligations on developers of mobile device applications or online portals that process personal health information”, including mandatory audit logs and data de-identification standards.
Oh! And don’t forget about the new administrative penalty regime! That came into effect on March 25, 2020.
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