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Health Informatics Law

Health Informatics Law deals with evolving and sometimes complex legal principles as they apply to information technology in health-related fields. It addresses the privacy, ethical and operational issues that invariably arise when electronic tools, information and media are used in health care delivery. Health Informatics Law also applies to all matters that involve information technology, health care and the interaction of information. It deals with the circumstances under which data and records are shared with other fields or areas that support and enhance patient care.

Our Clients

Our Health Informatics client base includes hospitals, nursing homes, retirement residences, laboratories and a wide variety of businesses and institutions within the health care sector. We also act as legal counsel for IT related matters and strategies relating to health care professionals and their associated trade and professional associations. Additionally, we represent Information technology suppliers in their structuring of commercially viable services and products agreements with health care entities.

Our Services

We combine our expertise in health law and information technology to provide the assistance our clients require, whether in connection with the implementation of a new system, or to determine whether their current programs and systems allow them to meet their professional obligations.

Our Health Informatics Law team is called upon to provide timely and practical advice and representation on a wide variety of matters including:

  • Negotiating for the acquisition and implementation of new information systems
  • Managing technology procurements
  • Structuring multi-supplier technology alliances with health care providers
  • Creating financing structures
  • Transferring or relocating independent health facilities or laboratories
  • Evaluating health information systems
  • The provision of tele-health services
  • Identifying and structuring strategies for commercializing innovation
  • Negotiation of multi-party public/private partnerships
  • Financing for new health informatics systems
  • Privacy impact assessments
  • Risk assessments to assess the impact of the introduction of a new information technology to a program, or a new program itself
  • Evaluations of the confidentiality, privacy and security of existing and proposed systems

Examples Of Our Services

  • Negotiated multi-vendor, common purpose procurement for clinical and administrative hospital operations.
  • Negotiated a facilities outsourcing operation for an Ontario hospital
  • Structured and negotiated a lab management enterprise licensing strategy for a multi-location, multi-jurisdiction, independent laboratory chain
  • Negotiated for a North-American point-of-sale and financial reporting and management system for a chain of pharmacies;
  • Through an internally developed process, determined existence of hospital’s intellectual property, established a corporate-wide policy for it’s management and commercialization
  • Structured corporate-wide strategy for ownership and licensing of intellectual property relating to medical imaging.
  • Guided physicians in commercialization of medical research software
  • Analyzed and reviewed existing institutions’ privacy policy and effect changes to better conform with legislative requirements

Our Resources

Our lawyers have significant experience in both the health care and information/technology fields, and we are well connected in both the IT and health care communities. We have helped many clients find solutions to today's business problems, and apply sound management principles to their operations. We understand the technical details and have the specialized knowledge that a complicated field, like health informatics, requires. For example, we understand the legal issues around collecting, using and disclosing patients' medical records of all kinds (paper, electronic or information from research) and can use this expertise to advise, not only the users of this information, but the creators of the solutions for the health sector clients. In addition to having the expertise, the resources of the Health Law Informatics Group allows us to offer counsel on governance, infrastructure, financing and other public and private health care opportunities. Our client base in both the information technology and health care sectors includes institutions, agencies, providers, professionals and businesses.

At Gardiner Roberts LLP, we believe that the best way to serve our clients is to have lawyers from various disciplines work together as a team focused on our clients' needs. Our Health Law Informatics Groups regularly collaborates and consults with lawyers in our business practices group, technology and IP group and our non-profit and charitable organizations group in order to provide the most comprehensive and sound legal advice possible.