Symposium on E-Health to be held on 28 January 2010

Symposium on E-Health to be held on 28 January 2010

There's been much talk about poor leadership and wasteful spending with respect to eHealth in Ontario, but there has been little discussion about the fundamental issues associated with e-Health. Do you know who owns electronic health records? Is it the hospital? The doctor? The government? The patient? Aside from privacy and ethics, electronic health records concerns governance issues relating to intellectual property rights.

Professor Giuseppina D’Agostino, Director of the Intellectual Property Law & Technology Program at Osgoode Hall Law School (IP Osgoode) and OHLS Law Commission of Ontario Scholar in Residence, is working on a project to consider intellectual property, privacy and ethics issues related to electronic health records in association with the LCO.

As part of the consultation in this project, experts and professionals working in the areas of health, privacy and intellectual property law will begin to address these governance questions central to developing a transparent, efficient and ethically functioning eHealth system, at a symposium on Thursday, January 28, 2010, from 9:15 am to 3:30 pm, in downtown Toronto.

By invitation only.

For further information please contact IP Osgoode at 416.650.8449 or


E-Health Law and Policy Symposium

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Location: Osler Hoskin Harcourt LLP,
1 First Canadian Place, 100 King Street West, 63rd Floor,
Toronto, Ontario, M5X 1B8.


8:30-9:15         Breakfast and Registration 

9:15-9:30         Welcome by Dr. Patricia Hughes

9:30-10:00       Keynote: Professor Giuseppina D’Agostino (Osgoode Hall Law School)

10:00-10:15     Break

10:15-12:00     Panel: Law and Policy


  • Maureen Murphy (Partner, Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP)


  • Professor Dan Burk (Faculty of Law, University of California, Irvine)
  • Michael Power (Lawyer/Consultant, past VP of Privacy and Security at eHealth Ontario)
  • Dr. Harvey Skinner (Dean, Faculty of Health, York University)
  • Professor Margaret Ann Wilkinson (Faculty of Law, University of Western Ontario)

12:00 – 1:00    Lunch

1:00 – 2:00      Panel: Health Care Technology


  • Michael Watts (Partner, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP)


  • David Pattenden (Director, Health Care, Microsoft)
  • Dr. Terrence Sullivan (President and CEO, Cancer Care Ontario)
  • Karen Waite (Chief Privacy & Security Officer, eHealth Ontario)

2:00 – 2:15      Break

2:15 – 3:15      Working Session

  • Discussion to gather feedback and information from the participants

3:15 – 3:30      Closing comments by Dr. Patricia Hughes and Professor Giuseppina D’Agostino