“Personal Health Information” means identifying information about an individual in oral or recorded form, if the information,
(a) relates to the physical or mental health of the individual, including information that consists of the health history of the individual’s family,
(b) relates to the providing of health care to the individual, including the identification of a person as a provider of health care to the individual,
(c) is a plan of service within the meaning of the Home Care and Community Services Act, 1994 for the individual,
(d) relates to payments or eligibility for health care, or eligibility for coverage for health care, in respect of the individual,
(e) relates to the donation by the individual of any body part or bodily substance of the individual or is derived from the testing or examination of any such body part or bodily substance,
(f) is the individual’s health number, or
(g) identifies an individual’s substitute decision-maker.
Personal Health Information is collected by the Practice when you provide it to us for the purpose of receiving a response from the Practice. In addition, if you choose to contact the Practice by email, telephone or otherwise, we may keep a record of that correspondence so that we may fully address the subject matter.
Your provision of Personal Health Information, as well as the use of the Practice’s website and services offered by our site, constitutes implied consent for the collection, use and disclosure of Personal Health Information for all of the identified purposes.
If at anytime you wish to withdraw your consent to the collection, use and disclosure of your Personal Health Information (for the purposes listed below), please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Use Of Personal Health Information
The Practice may use your Personal Health Information for the following purposes:
- To develop and maintain our relationship with you and to communicate with you. For example, we may send you a responding email;
- If you indicated that you were interested in receiving information from the Practice, we may send you information about services that we feel may be of interest to you; and
- In accordance with applicable legislation, the Practice may also use Personal Health Information if we have reasonable grounds to believe the information could be useful when investigating a contravention of a federal, provincial or foreign law, or in order to protect or defend a legal interest.
Disclosure Of Personal Health Information
The Practice will not sell, license, trade or rent your Personal Health Information to or with others. The Practice will disclose your Personal Health Information to third parties:
- Where you have specifically given the Practice your consent to disclose your Personal Health Information for a designated purpose;
- Who are acting on behalf of the Practice as service providers, solely to enable us to more efficiently provide you with the service you have requested from us;
- As required by law, including by an order of any court, institution or body with jurisdiction or authority to compel the production of information, or in order to protect or defend a legal interest; or
There are situations in which health care custodians may disclose Personal Health Information without the consent of an individual. These situations include those in which the health and safety of an individual is at risk. For further information on such situations, please refer to the Information and Privacy Commission of Ontario’s website.
When you visit our website please note that cookies may be used on some pages of our site. “Cookies” are small text files placed on your hard drive that assist us in providing a more customized website experience.
Updates And Changes
You can help us maintain the accuracy of your Personal Health Information by notifying us of any changes to your information. To correct, to confirm whether or not we have a record of your Personal Health Information, or to update your Personal Health Information, you may contact us at email@example.com, indicating all email addresses that you may have given us.
The Personal Health Information Protection Act governs the manner in which personal health information may be collected, used and disclosed in the province of Ontario. To the extent that any provision of this policy conflicts with PHIPA, PHIPA will govern.
If you have any questions, concerns, or complaints about your privacy or our use of your Personal Health Information, you may contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will inform you of our complaint procedure and work towards resolving the situation. If a complaint is found to be justified, appropriate measures will be taken including, if necessary, amending our practices and procedures.