Do I have to submit a health privacy breach statistics report?
Yes, if you are both a health information custodian and a FIPPA/MFIPPA institution whether you have experienced health breaches or not.
Yes, if you are a health information custodian and have experienced health breaches.
No, if you are a health information custodian and have experienced 0 (zero) breaches.
Note for coroners to whom Ontario Health provides personal health information that is accessible by means of the electronic health record: the requirement to submit a health privacy breach statistics report applies, with any necessary modification, to such coroners as if they were health information custodians.
the name and e-mail address of the head of the organization
the name, mailing address, e-mail address, and telephone number of the person responsible for completing the report (the primary contact)
your language preference (English or Français)
Once you have started the questionnaire, you can log off the system at any time and it will remember where you left when you log on the next time. This means you do not have to complete and submit your questionnaire all in one session as long as you complete and submit it on or before Monday, March 1, 2021.
I already have a login id and password for the statistics I submitted under FIPPA/MFIPPA and my PHIPA report. Do I need a separate login for submitting health privacy breach statistics?
You have three options for logging in:
Use a single login id and password to submit your FIPPA/MFIPPA report, your PHIPA access report, and your PHIPA privacy breach statistics report. Having a single login id and password is convenient if the same person will be submitting all three reports.
One login id and password for FIPPA/MFIPPA and a second login id and password for the two PHIPA reports.
Separate logins and passwords for each of the three reports.
The option you choose all depends on the structure of your institution and how you assign statistics reporting. Please indicate in your email to the IPC whether you want a single login id set or two or three separate ones.
Our institution has several health care practitioners on our staff. Do we submit a separate report for each practitioner?
That depends on who is the health information custodian. If your institution is the health information custodian, then the institution submits the report. Alternatively, if the health care practitioner is the custodian, then they would have to submit a report separately, but only if they have experienced one or more breaches.
Occasionally we have incidents where an employee opens a wrong file by mistake, but quickly realizes the mistake and closes the file (e.g. pulls the wrong paper file off a shelf, or clicks on the wrong name in a list of names on the screen). We didn’t report them to the patient or the IPC. Do we submit these incidents in the annual report?
No, you do not have to report on those kinds of incidents in the annual statistics report.
What about an incident that did not meet the criteria to report to the IPC under section 6.3 or section 18.3 (or for coroners, clause 18.10(4)(b)) of the Regulation at the time it happened, but where we did notify the patient?
As a rule of thumb, anything that required notice to a patient under subsection 12(2) or clause 55.5(7)(a) of PHIPA (or for coroners, clause 18.10(4)(a) of the Regulation) should be included in the statistical report, even if you did not need to report it to the IPC under the Regulation.