Best Practices

Frequently Asked Questions: Personal Health Information Protection Act

This revised FAQ has a new look and feel and has been rewritten with cleaner, easy to understand, gender-neutral language. Also included are a few additions to the original publication:

  • Questions on assumed implied consent and consent from children under 16.
  • Questions regarding the relationship between PHIPA and FIPPA/MFIPPA.
  • Notification requirements in the event of a breach.
  • Responsibilities with respect to accountability and openness.
  • Requirements in the event of a change of practice.
  • Emergency disclosure.
  • Obtaining health records of a deceased individual.
  • Storing, accessing and disclosing personal health information outside of Ontario.
  • Fees associated with a request to access health records.

Originally published August 2006.

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