Monday, September 20, 2004

Resource: A Guide to the Health Information Protection Act (Ontario)

The Information and Privacy Commisioner's office in Ontario has released a very useful guide to the Personal Health Information Protection Act (also known as PHIPA, HIPA or Bill 31). The fourty-four page guide is meant to provide "health information custodians" with a good undertanding of their obligations under this new law (that comes into force on November 1, 2004).

IPC - A Guide to the Health Information Protection Act:

"The Personal Health Information Protection Act sets out rules for the collection, use and disclosure of personal health information. These rules will apply to all health information custodians operating within the province of Ontario and to individuals and organizations that receive personal health information from health information custodians. The rules recognize the unique character of personal health information - as one of the most sensitive types of personal information that is frequently shared for a variety of purposes, including care and treatment, health research, and managing our publicly funded health care system."

It is available as an HTML document for viewing onscreen or as a nicely-formatted PDF file.

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