More protection coming soon for personal health information

The protection of Islanders’ personal health information will soon be strengthened.

Effective July 1, the province’s new Health Information Act and regulations governs the collection, use, and disclosure of personal health information by all Prince Edward Island health care providers.

“There is no information that is more sensitive and in need of protection than personal health information,” said Health and Wellness Minister Robert Henderson. “This legislation is intended to balance protecting the personal privacy of Islanders with the need to appropriately share personal health information so that Islanders receive the best possible health care outcomes.”

While personal health information is sensitive and needs protecting, the health sector relies on the flow of information in order to diagnose, treat, and care for Islanders.  The new legislation sets out uniform requirements to protect the personal health information of Islanders while also serving their health care needs.  

"The Health Information Act creates a right for Islanders to access their own health information, and reflects Islanders’ expectation that the privacy of their health information will be protected.  Our office is looking forward to ensuring that health information of Islanders is dealt with in a manner consistent with this new law," said Information and Privacy Commissioner, Karen A. Rose

For more information, visit A Guide to the Health Information Act.

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Autumn Tremere
Department of Health and Wellness


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