The Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA) applies to municipal services that involve the collection of Personal Health Information. The Act defines Personal Health Information as any form of identifying information about an individual’s physical or mental health. The Act’s purposes are:
- To establish rules for the collection and disclosure of Personal Health Information;
- To protect the privacy of personal health information, and;
- To provide individuals with the right to access and to correct or amend their personal health information subject to limited and specific exemptions.
Personal Health Information means identifying information about an individual in oral or recorded form. This may include:
- Health record & health history;
- Provision of health care;
- Lab results;
- Healthcare provider;
- Healthcare payments or eligibility for health care;
- Donation of any body part or bodily substance of the individual or is derived from the testing or examination of any such body part or bodily substance;
- Health Card Number;
- Substitute Decision-Maker.
Under PHIPA Haldimand County has two Health Information Custodians. They include:
- Administrator, Grandview Lodge;
- Manager, Emergency Services / Fire Chief.
Health Information Custodians are responsible to ensure that personal health information is collected, used, stored and shared in a manner that protects the confidentiality of that information, and the privacy of individuals with respect to that information, while facilitating the effective provision of health care.