Proposed Changes to Ontario’s Health Privacy Laws – Updated

What Do These Changes Mean for Regulators?

On September 16, 2015, Bill 119 (the “Bill”) was introduced by the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care into the Ontario legislative assembly and is now in second reading. A previous iteration of the ill died on the order paper in advance of the 2014 provincial election. It proposes to amend the Personal Health Information Protection Act, 2004 [PHIPA]. The Bill addresses the development and maintenance of an electronic health record (“EHR”) and the collection, use and disclosure of personal health information (“PHI”) by means of the EHR. The Bill also proposes to amend the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 [RHPA] and other legislation.

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Reproduced with permission of the publisher LexisNexis Canada Inc. from Risk Management in Canadian Health Care, Vol.18, No. 1, February 2016