Vxsde is committed to respecting personal privacy and recognizes that our patients and employees need to properly manage and protect any personal and personal health information we receive. We acknowledge the responsibility for the collection, use, retention or disclosure of personal and personal health information. Vxsde complies with federal and basically similar provincial-level mandatory legislation, especially Canada’s Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA), BC’s Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA), Alberta’s Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA), New Brunswick’s Personal Health Information Privacy and Access Act (PHIPAA) and Ontario’s Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA).
According to PIPEDA, personal information is defined as including any factual or subjective information about an identifiable individual, recorded or otherwise. Examples include:
Age, name, ID number, income, race or blood type;
Opinion evaluation, comment, social status or disciplinary action; and
Employee files, credit records, loan records, medical records, whether there are disputes and intentions (for example, purchasing goods and services) between customers and businesses.
Personal information does not include the names, titles, company addresses, or phone numbers of employees of the organization.
According to the PHIPAA in New Brunswick, personal health information is defined as identifying information about an individual, regardless of the form, including oral, written, or photographic information. It is suitable for information recorded or stored in media such as paper, microfilm, X-ray and electronic records, if the information:
Related to the physical or mental health, family history or medical care history of the individual, including genetic information about the individual;
It is the registration information of the individual, including the individual’s Medicare number;
Related to the provision of medical care to individuals;
Related to information about the payment or eligibility of the individual’s health care, or the individual’s eligibility for health care coverage;
It is related to the donation of any body part or body material by an individual, or is derived from the test or inspection of any body part or body material;
Identify individual alternative decision makers; and
Identifies the individual’s healthcare provider.
According to Alberta’s PIPA, personal information is defined as information about an identifiable individual. In BC, PIPA defines personal information as information about identifiable individuals, including employee personal information, but not contact information or work product information.