In Alberta, the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner (OIPC) is responsible for “ensuring public bodies, health custodians and private sector organizations uphold the access and privacy rights contained in the laws of Alberta.”With access to Netcare expanding in Alberta, it’s important that you understand how to uphold the Province’s access and privacy rights.For starters, what happens when the law is not followed?
For reference, here are five OIPC articles detailing cases of inappropriate access to health information and the consequences that followed.
The proper handling of patient information is an important part of privacy policies and procedures outlined in your clinic’s Privacy Impact Assessment. Much of the law is common sense - don’t access information you have no professional business accessing. If your clinic staff adhere to the procedures contained in a PIA accepted by the OIPC, you can be much more certain you are protecting patient privacy as required.
For more information on how to create a PIA and what’s required, visit AlbertaPIA.ca.