Community Learning Space

The infraNET Project and
Education Program for Health Informatics Professionals (EPHIP)
University of Waterloo

present ...

Healthcare, Technology and Privacy:
Challenges and Opportunities


Greg Keeling

Director, Strategic Planning and Technology
A/Executive Assistant to the Commissioner
Information and Privacy Commissioner/Ontario

Wednesday, May 22, 2002
4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Davis Centre, Room 1302
University of Waterloo


View PowerPoint presentation (PDF)


The future of Canada's healthcare system is very much on the minds of all Canadians. Questions of funding, restructuring and the introduction of new information technologies dominate seminars and conferences from coast to coast. One theme, however, tends to permeate - privacy.

In the first portion of this presentation, Greg Keeling will discuss the concept of privacy in the health care sector. After briefly discussing the current challenges facing the healthcare industry in Canada and the role that information technology is playing in addressing these challenges, he will examine the emerging role of health networks and their privacy implications. He will also review the HIPPA experience in the United States and Ontario's Smart Systems for Health. The second major section of the presentation will discuss Ontario's draft health and private sector privacy legislation and its implications for the health community. The final section will discuss the value of privacy engineering, the use of privacy design principles and the various privacy tools such as Privacy Impact Assessments and the Information and Privacy Commission's Privacy Diagnostic Tool.

Greg Keeling

Greg is responsible for co-ordinating the daily activities of the Commissioner. A member of the executive committee, he manages the technology services and communications departments and co-ordinates agency-wide planning initiatives in preparation for pending Ontario health and private sector privacy legislation. Prior to joining the IPC, Greg was Senior Analyst, Public Access Planning and Development, with Management Board Secretariat, Government of Ontario. He was responsible for the operational management of the government's corporate Internet and Intranet Web sites and was involved in putting the government telephone book online and helping develop Canada's first keyword-based Blue Pages telephone directory integrating listings from the federal, provincial and municipal governments.

Greg holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in history and political studies and a Master of Arts degree in International Politics from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, and a Certificate in Media and New Technology Management from the University of Toronto.

For more information

Shirley Fenton
The infraNET Project
Computer Systems Group, University of Waterloo
(519) 888-4074

Seminar Hosts

This seminar is hosted by the Education Program for Health Informatics Professionals (EPHIP) and The infraNET Project, University of Waterloo.

The infraNET Project, initiated by the University of Waterloo in 1996, is a partnership to advance Web and Internet technologies. Its founding partners are: LivePage (now part of Siebel), MKS, Open Text, RIM, Sybase (Waterloo) and Waterloo Maple.

We also gratefully acknowledge the assistance of the Institute for Computer Research, University of Waterloo.