Use of Communication Technologies in Patient Care

Dans le cadre du cycle de conférences Les après-midis de la justice, le CRDP a le plaisir de vous inviter à la conférence Use of Communication Technologies in Patient Care, organisée en collaboration avec le Centre de génomique et politiques (CGP) et le Groupe de recherche en santé et droit de McGill.


The use of communication technologies to assist in patient care has increased significantly over the last several years. Communication technologies show great potential in facilitating and possible improving communications between healthcare professionals and institutions and patients. This phenomenon can be seen particularly with increased reliance on telemedicine to improve access to care, driven in large part by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Dimitri Patrinos (LL.M. candidate, McGill) will discuss the challenges the use of this remote model of health care delivery raises and the medical liability risks surrounding its implementation and use in clinical care. Professor Ma’n H. Zawati will present on the legal, ethical and policy challenges facing mhealth as well as research crowdsourcing apps in the field of genomics. He will discuss consent, confidentiality, and access to data issues. Finally, Professor Lara Khoury will comment on the use of web-based platforms for the public disclosure by healthcare institutions of quality indicators and their impact on healthcare safety and patient autonomy. 


Ma’n H Zawati

Ma’n H. Zawati (LL.B., LL.M., Ph.D. (DCL)) is an Assistant Professor at McGill University’s Faculty of Medicine and the Executive Director of the Centre of Genomics and Policy in the Department of Human Genetics. He is also an Associate Member of McGill’s Biomedical Ethics Unit. His research concentrates on the legal, ethical and policy dimensions of health research and clinical care, with a special focus on biobanking, data sharing, professional liability, and the use of novel technologies (e.g. mhealth apps, WGS, WES) in both the clinical and research settings. Dr. Zawati is funded by CIHR, Genome Canada, and Genome Quebec. His work is interdisciplinary, drawing together perspectives from law, ethics, bioinformatics, genomics, and policy. He’s also a frequent presenter on a variety of the most critical and topical issues in healthcare and the biosciences. He has appeared at 150+ international conferences, symposia, meetings, and has shared his expertise with universities, research ethics boards and law firms. Dr. Zawati has published 18 book chapters and 76+ peer reviewed articles in leading publications such as Nature Reviews Genetics, the Canadian Medical Association Journal, the Journal of Law and the Biosciences, the Journal of Medical Genetics, and the McGill Journal of Law and Health. In 2015, he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship (stay at Oxford University) and was named a Royal Society of Canada Delegate for the IAP Young Scientists of the Year international symposium. In 2021, Prof. Zawati received his J1 FRQS Career Award.

Lara Khoury

Professor Khoury, Ad. E., is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of law, an associate member of McGill’s Institute for Health & Social Policy and Biomedical Ethics Unit. She is also an elected titular member of the International Academy of Comparative Law. She was the Associate Dean (Research) of the Faculty of Law from 2015 to 2017. She is also a member of McGill’s Institute of Comparative Law and a Full Member of the Paul-André Crépeau Centre for Private and Comparative Law. She convenes, with Professor Alana Klein, the McGill Research Group on Health and Law. She teaches and conducts research in the fields of comparative Medical, Public Health and Environmental Law, with a particular focus on liability issues.

She is the author of « Uncertain Causation in Medical Liability » (Hart Publishing, Oxford and Yvon Blais, Cowansville) which received the 2004 Prix Minerve and the 2008 Quebec Bar Foundation Prize. This monograph deals with the impact of scientific uncertainties on the proof of causation in medical liability in English and Canadian common law, as well as in French and Québec civil law. Lara Khoury has completed a doctoral (DPhil) degree at the University of Oxford, from where she also holds a master’s degree (BCL).

Professor Khoury was elected a titular member of the International Academy of Comparative Law in July 2019. She received the Barreau du Québec’s Advocatus Emeritus (Ad. E.) designation in October 2019.

In April 2020, she received a grant from McGill’s « MI4 Emergency COVID-19 Research Funding » initiative for her « Le droit en période de pandémie : pouvoirs et responsabilité en situation d’urgence » research project (read the article in Focus online).

Dimitri Patrinos

Dimitri is a lawyer and an Academic Associate at the Centre of Genomics and Policy (CGP) at McGill University.  He is currently pursuing his Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree at McGill University’s Faculty of Law and is a graduate fellow of the McGill Research Group on Health and Law.  He is a graduate of the civil law (LL.B.) and common law (J.D.) programs at Université de Montréal, Faculty of Law.  He also holds a B.Sc. in Biology from Concordia University. He was called to the Ontario Bar in 2020 and is a jurist member of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) Research Ethics Board.  

At the CGP, Dimitri’s research focuses on the legal recognition of genetic counsellors in Canada, paediatrics, and data governance.  

Research areas: health law, professional regulation, medical liability, pediatrics, governance.

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