Your Privacy is Important to US
Accountability - An organization is responsible for personal health information under its control, including information transferred to a third party.
Identifying purposes - Patients have the right to know what information is collected, how it is used, shared, retained, and disposed of. The purpose must be identified at, or before the time of collection. The patient has the right to, and must be given the opportunity to, accept or reject the uses.
Consent - Knowledgeable consent is required from the patient to collect, use, share, and retain information. Implied consent is used for most core activities of the hospital, with other forms of consent.
Similar to Consent to Treatment, consent to collect, use, and share information is based on the person's capacity to understand and there is no age of consent.
Limiting collection - Collect only the information that is necessary to accomplish the intended, informed purpose.
Limiting use, disclosure, and retention - Information must not be used or disclosed for purposes other than those for which it was collected (except by consent/by law) and must be retained only as long as required for the intended purpose.
Accuracy - Patients have the right to request correction or amendments to their records, if they feel they are inaccurate.
Safeguards - Organizations must implement appropriate safeguards to protect personal information against loss, theft, unauthorized access, use, disclosure, and copying. Strategies include physical measures (e.g., locked doors and filing cabinets), technology measures (e.g., passwords to network systems), and organizational measures (e.g., "need to know").
Openness - To be open and honest with patients and the community regarding our information management practices.
Individual access - Patients have the right to access their information, including viewing or requesting a copy of their health record.
Provide recourse - Patients/clients/residents have the right to express their concerns regarding our information practices, including their right to take their concerns directly to the Information and Privacy Commissioner/Ontario.
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