PHIPA (Personal Health Information Act)

The Personal Health Information Protection Act came into effect on November 1, 2004 and is Ontario’s health specific privacy legislation.  PHIPA governs the manner in which personal health information may be collected used and disclosed within the healthcare system.

While all staff plays a role in information protection, PHIPA makes healthcare practitioners responsible for the security of information in their role as a Health Information Custodian (HIC’s) or agents of Health Information Custodians.  Examples of HIC’s are: Doctors, nurses, hospitals, long-term care homes, pharmacies, medical laboratories or even community mental health programs.

HR Enable has developed and successfully implemented PHIPA Programs with several Family Health Teams, Dentists, Physiotherapists and other healthcare professionals to ensure that as a Healthcare Custodian you have the policies, training and best practices in place to be compliant with the law.