Records Management and Privacy Office

Records Management and Privacy Office

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Personal Health Information Protection Act

The following statement is intended to be a brief overview of the Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA) (S.O. 2004, c.3).  It should not be held as a substitute for legal advice or a description of all the requirements for compliance with PHIPA.  Members of the University community with specific questions about the Act are encouraged to contact the responsible Health Information Custodian or the Chief Privacy Officer.

Queen's has six Health Information Custodians:

  • Student Wellness Services (Counselling Services, Health Services)
  • Department of Family Medicine
  • The Physical Therapy Clinic at Queen's
  • Athletic Therapy Services
  • Psychology Clinic at Queen's
  • Regional Assessment and Resource Centre

Under PHIPA, personal health information includes information relating to:  the physical or mental health of the individual; the provision of health care to the individual; payments or eligibility for health care; the donation of body parts or substances by the individual; the individual's health number; or plans of service.

PHIPA is intended to provide rules regarding the collection, use and disclosure of personal health information to help protect the confidentiality of the information and privacy of the individual while also allowing for the effective provision of health care.  In addition, it provides individuals with mechanisms to access and correct their own health information.

As the Act may be amended from time to time, you should check the Government of Ontario's E-Laws website for the most up-to-date version.  This overview is current as of July 2018.