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January 1, 2012 heralds a new era of transparency at Ontario hospitals as they become institutions under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA).

We are pleased to provide a range of resources to help you prepare for the transition.

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Applying PHIPA and FIPPA to Personal Health Information

Since 2004, hospitals have been defined as health information custodians under the Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA), which governs the collection, use and disclosure of personal health information by the health sector.

The IPC has developed guidance for hospitals regarding the application of PHIPA and FIPPA to personal health information.

Reporting Requirements

Section 34 of FIPPA requires an institution that is also a health information custodian to make an annual report to the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario (IPC). To guide you, the IPC has an online reporting resource
Hospitals will be required to specify certain statistical information, including:
  • the number of requests for access under FIPPA as well as PHIPA;
  • the number of refusals under FIPPA and PHIPA, the provisions under which the refusal was made and the number of occasions on which each provision was invoked; and
  • the amount of fees collected.
Your annual statistical reports are due by March 1 of the following year (the first FIPPA report for hospitals will be due by March 1, 2013).

Appeals under FIPPA – Code of Procedure

The IPC’s Code of Procedure provides an introduction and overview of the appeal process, as well as useful “Practice Directions” for institutions covered by FIPPA.
  • Download Code of Procedure
  • Privacy Breach Protocol

    FIPPA establishes rules for institutions to follow to ensure the protection of individual privacy. The IPC has produced Privacy Breach Protocol guidelines for institutions.
  • Download Privacy Breach Protocol
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