November 2016
News

How to protect clients’ health information

Changes to the Personal Health Information Protection Act, 2004 (PHIPA) mean tougher consequences for breaching the law. Do you know how to use the College’s standards and PHIPA to avoid privacy breaches?

Watch our new Confidentiality and Privacy webcast to find out.

The 21-minute audio-visual presentation was created to educate nurses and other stakeholders about the serious legal responsibility of protecting personal health information.

It is divided into two chapters:

  • Chapter one provides an overview of your accountabilities for maintaining the privacy and confidentiality of personal health information. It also discusses the changes to PHIPA, including new mandatory reporting requirements and the consequences of privacy breaches.

  • Chapter two uses case studies to help you reflect on how to apply the concepts in the first chapter to situations that could result in privacy breaches.

Privacy breaches are serious offences that negatively affect the trust between nurses and their clients, as well as public trust in the nursing profession. The College and the government have been taking legal and regulatory steps to protect the public and hold individuals and organizations accountable when they commit privacy breaches.

For information about employers' obligations under PHIPA and how the College deals with reports of privacy breaches, read the July issue of The Standard.

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