We are committed to promoting privacy and protecting the confidentiality of the health information we hold about you. Our doctors belong to a Family Health Organization which is a health information custodian under the Personal Health Information Act, 2004 (PHIPA). For the purposes of privacy obligations, the Family Health Team and our staff are agents of the doctors. If you do not have a family doctor, the Family Health Team shall act as the custodian of your health information.
Your Health Record
Your health record includes information relevant to your health including your date of birth, contact information, health history, family health history, details of your physical and mental health, record of your visits, the care and support you received during those visits, results from tests and procedures, and information from other health care providers.
Your record at our clinic is our property, but the information in your file belongs to you.
With limited exceptions, you have the right to access the health information we hold about you, whether in the health record or elsewhere. If you request a copy of your record, one will be provided to you at a reasonable cost. If you wish to view the original record, one of our staff members must be present, and a reasonable fee may be charged for this access. If you need a copy of your health record, please contact us in writing at: Huron Shores Family Health Team, 527 Causley St, Blind River, ON P0R 1B0 or ask your physician who will explain the process. In rare situations, you may be denied access to some or all of your record (with any such denial being in accordance with applicable law).
We make every effort to ensure that all of your information is recorded accurately. Please let us know if there is something that is incorrect. You have a right to ask for a correction to your record if you disagree with what is recorded, and in most cases we will be able to make the requested correction, or otherwise we will ask you to prepare a statement of disagreement to be attached to the record.
We collect, use and disclose (meaning share) your health information to:
Our collection, use and disclosure (sharing) of your personal health information is done in accordance with Ontario law.
You have a right to make choices and control how your health information at the Family Health Team is collected, used, and disclosed, subject to a few exceptions.
For most health care purposes, your consent to use your health information is implied as a result of your consent to treatment, unless you tell us otherwise. We may also collect, use and share your health information in order to communicate or consult with other health care providers about your care unless you tell us you do not was us to do so.
You have the right to ask that we do not share some or all of your health record with one or more of the Family Health Team's staff members or ask us not to share your health record with one or more of your external health care providers (such as a specialist). This is known as asking for a "lockbox". If you would like to know more, please ask us for a copy of our "Patient Lockbox Information Brochure: How to Restrict Access to your Health Record".
There are other circumstances where we are not allowed to assume we have your consent to share information. For example, we must have your permission to give your health information to people who do not provide you with health care, including health professionals in the Family Health Team not involved in your care, your insurance company or your employer. We may also need consent to communicate with any family members or friends with whom you would like us to share information about your health (unless one or more of these individuals is your substitute decision-maker).
When we require and ask for your consent, you may choose to say no. If you say yes, you may change your mind at any time. Once you say no, we will no longer share your information unless you say so. Your choice to say no may be subject to some restrictions under applicable law and reasonable notice.
However, there are cases we may collect, use or disclose your health information without your consent, as permitted or required by law. For example, we do not your consent to use your information for billing, risk management or error management, quality improvement purposes; or to disclose personal health information in a number of permitted or required circumstances, including to eliminate or reduce a significant risk of serious bodily harm; or to fulfill mandatory reporting obligations under other laws such as for child protection or safe operation of a motor vehicle.
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