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2017 PHIPA Connections Summit

Access, Privacy, Security, & Records Management

December 5 - 6, 2017 | The Old Mill Inn Toronto
(optional Workshops the morning of December 5th)



Call for Presentations Instructions

The 2017 PHIPA Connections Summit

December 5 - 6, 2017 - The Old Mill Inn, Toronto, ON

Deadline for Submissions: Friday September 15, 2017 extended to Friday September 22, 2017

The Call for Presentations is now CLOSED. Thank you to all who made submissions.


Verney Conference Management and the Community-Based Advisory Committee are proud to present the “2017 PHIPA Connections Summit”.

Increasingly around the globe we are seeing “privacy” becoming monetized and being used as a distinguishing marketing tool. In the conference world programs and agendas are becoming grossly diluted by vendor pitches, while the cost to attend is going up, meaning the value you receive is going down!

That’s why this conference aims to provide, at a very reasonable cost, the most useful and practical information possible for organizations regulated by the Personal Health Information Protection Act in Ontario. It is intended to help such organizations understand the Connections between access to health information, privacy, information security, and records management in order to more effectively manage their privacy risks up-front, and respond more effectively if things go wrong.

We believe in building communities, communities that have a say in their education and professional development. Verney Conference Management therefore will continue to employ its community-based approach to the development of the conference agenda, the same approach that made the previous PHIPA conferences some of the best learning events of their kind.

Our focus for this year’s event is on practical, real-world problems and solutions. With  a greater focus on new legislation, training the organization, records management, and given the ever-increasing blur between privacy rights and human rights, this one-of-a-kind learning opportunity is ideal for healthcare organizations. This is true whether your organization has built a detailed compliance program, is in the midst of implementing its strategy, or is just getting started.

Join us and your fellow privacy colleagues for Ontario's premiere privacy-related event for the Healthcare Community!


Deadline for Submissions: Friday September 15, 2017 extended to Friday September 22, 2017

The Advisory Committee for the 2017 PHIPA Connections Summit has identified the program streams for this event, which are set out below. The Advisory Committee is inviting individuals to submit proposals for presentations to be heard at the Conference that relate to the program stream topics. The PHIPA Connections Summit will offer 1.5 days of plenary and breakout sessions, plus a half-day of optional in-depth workshops.

Those selected will be required to provide session-specific information prior to the conference, including a brief professional biography and complete presentation materials for inclusion in the conference proceedings.

Individuals selected for participation in the conference will be responsible for their own expenses related to participation in the conference with the exception of conference-only registration fees (non transferable) which will be waived.


The conference content will be focused around the following 4 program streams:

  1. Access to Health Information
  2. Privacy and the Organization
  3. Using New Technologies
  4. HIPA and Electronic Health Records (EHRs) Management

Deadline for Submissions: Friday September 15, 2017 extended to Friday September 22, 2017


  • Anything to do with FIPPA/PHIPA interplay; in particular information sharing how to process a request involving records under both Acts.
  • Privacy issues arising out of the ongoing transition in the home and community sector with CCACs merging with LHINs.
  • Education on privacy: from Clerks to Physicians how do you train everyone in your organization, and how to you modify this training based on role? Especially given the various responsibilities and permissions.
  • Patient/client privacy and social Media Use by Employees, Patients and Clients, and/or visitors
  • Anything to do with Practical Solutions to Technology Challenges
  • Information on PHIPA resources
  • Interpreting the "circle of care"
  • Duties of Health Information Network Providers
  • Data Sharing Agreements and managing them
  • Practical approach to privacy (from the trenches) vs. by-the-book privacy
  • Anything to do with Primary Care
  • Anything to do with Electronic Health Records Management
  • Research, Research, Research