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Health Information Protection Act, 2004

Effective November 1, 2004

The Health Information Protection Act creates a comprehensive approach to protect health information across the health care system. The Act has two parts : the Personal Health Information Protection Act (Schedule A) and the Quality of Care Information Protection Act. (Schedule B). The legislation received Royal Assent on May 20, 2004 and came into effect on November 1, 2004.

The legislation applies to defined "health information custodians" where they collect, use or disclose personal health information.

A health information custodian includes doctors, other health care practitioners, hospitals, and long-term care facilities. It also includes health care clinics, laboratories, pharmacies, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, and other health-related organizations.

The legislation also applies to individuals and organizations outside the health system that receive personal health information from the health care system, such as insurance companies, employers, and schools. The legislation applies to everyone regarding the collection, use or disclosure of OHIP numbers.

Resources
2009 Notice of Proposed Regulations  [PDF]
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2008 Notice of Proposed Regulations  [PDF]
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2006 Notice of Proposed Regulations  [PDF]
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2004 Notice of Proposed Regulations
Declaration of PHIPA as substantially similar to PIPEDA
Sample Consent Form : Authorization to Disclose Personal Health Information
Rights Advice
PHIPA rules for Rights Advice under Mental Health Act  [PDF]
Health Information Protection Act, 2004
Information Session

Webcast : Halyna N. Perun and Brian Beamish
Personal Health Information Protection Act, 2004 : An Overview  [PDF]
Brochure – Your Health Information : Your Rights
Your Guide to the Personal Health Information Protection Act, 2004  [PDF]
Regulation 329/04
Regulation under the Personal Health Information Protection Act, 2004  [PDF]
Instructions for Application for Minister's Order Under S. 3(8) of The Personal Health Information Protection Act, 2004
Compendium : Health Information Protection Act, 2004
Health Information Protection Act, 2004
Legislative Assembly
Personal Health Information Protection Act, 2004 : Overview for Health Information Custodians  [PDF]
Personal Health Information Protection Act, 2004 : Checklist for Health Information Custodians  [PDF]
Questions and Answers
Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario website

Print copies of the Personal Health Information Protection Act and Regulations are available from Publications Ontario.

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