Personal Health Information Protection Act
Ontario’s Personal Health Information Protection Act creates a comprehensive approach to protecting personal health information across the health care system.
Providence Healthcare is committed to protecting the collection, use, disclosure and retention of health information from our patients, residents and clients and has taken the necessary steps to ensure this information is protected.
For more details, refer to our Privacy Brochure and the Privacy Principles listed below.
Providence Healthcare is responsible for personal health information under its control and has designated an individual, the Chief Privacy Officer, who is accountable for Providence Healthcare’s compliance with these privacy principles.
2. Identifying Purposes
Providence Healthcare, at or before the time information is collected, shall identify the purposes for which the personal health information is collected. The primary purposes are to monitor, evaluate and provide care and treatment for the patient/resident/client, the administration of the health care system, to collect statistics, and to comply with legal and regulatory requirements.
The knowledge and consent of the individual are required for the collection, use or disclosure of personal health information, unless the Actallows Providence Healthcare to do so without consent.
4. Limiting Collection
The collection of personal health information shall be limited to that which is necessary for the purposes identified by Providence Healthcare. Information shall be collected by fair and lawful means.
5. Limiting Use, Disclosure and Retention
Personal health information shall not be used or disclosed for purposes other than those for which it was collected, except with the consent of the individual or as required by law. Personal health information shall be retained only as long as necessary for the fulfillment of those purposes.
Personal health information shall be as accurate, complete and up-to-date as is necessary for the purposes for which it is to be used.
Personal health information shall be protected by security safeguards appropriate to the sensitivity of the information. Providence Healthcare shall follow reasonable information practices to protect personal health information against theft, loss and unauthorized access, copying, modification, use, disclosure and disposal.
Providence Healthcare shall make readily available to individuals specific information about its policies and practices relating to the management of personal health information.
9. Individual Access
Upon request, an individual shall be informed of the existence, use and disclosure of his or her personal health information and shall be given access to that information. An individual shall be able to challenge the accuracy and completeness of the information and have it amended as appropriate.
10. Challenging Compliance
Any questions or concerns about Providence Healthcare’s privacy policies or practices should be directed to Providence Healthcare’s Chief Privacy Officer at 416-285-3666 ext. 4064 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or to the Information and Privacy Commissioner/Ontario at 416-326-3333 or 1-800-387-0073 or by email to email@example.com.
 Personal Health Information Protection Act, 2004