Malaphor: Digital Health Law in Canada

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Bill 74 – What’s in it for digital health?

On February 26, 2019, the Ontario government introduced Bill 74, The People’s Health Care Act, 2019, which would make drastic changes to the health care system. Schedule 1 of the Bill, The Connecting Care Act, 2019, (the “CCA”) provides most of the substance to the Bill.

In the Minister’s announcement for the Bill, the intent is to address the fragmentation and gaps in care. As a solution, the Bill contains multiple pieces (some of them controversial), but today I’ll be concentrating on the digital health aspects. Digital health seems to be an important part of the new healthcare system, but let’s take a closer look.

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‘Right to Repair’ legislation for electronic products is introduced in Ontario – could it be circumvented by anti-circumvention?

On February 21, 2019, Bill 72, Consumer Protection Amendment Act (Right to Repair Electronic Products), 2019 was proposed and carried through first reading at the Ontario Legislative Assembly. This proposed law is similar to ones that have been introduced in many states in the United States, following a movement started in 2016 (read about the origins of the Ontario bill in the article by MobileSyrup here). The movement is mainly based on the principle that one should have the right to fix their own things (electronic products) or choose the repairperson. Of course, there’s also the desire for saving money as well as to reduce waste.

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