Access to Information
The South Huron Hospital Association (SHHA) complies with the Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA, 2004). As such, SHHA is responsible for personal health information (PHI) under its custody and control that is created, acquired and/or maintained.
Under PHIPA, access refers to your right to access your record of personal health information, unless the record falls within one of the exceptions under the Act.
If you wish to review your own health record and/or receive copies of your record, you will need to submit your request in writing. For more information, please visit our Health Records page through this link.
SHHA is committed to protecting the privacy of your personal health information. For more information, please visit our Privacy page through this link.
If you are looking at access information under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, please visit our Freedom of Information page here.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What Are Some Examples of Personal Health Information?
Personal health information includes:
- Information concerning the physical or mental health of the individual
- Information concerning any health service provided to the individual
- Information that is collected in the course of providing health services to the individual, or
- Information that is collected incidentally to the provision of health services to the individual
What is a Health Record?
Your health record includes all information documented about you for the purpose of your care. This includes, but is not limited to:
- Pertinent facts regarding your health history, including all past and present health conditions, illnesses and treatments
- Your current course of treatment, including assessments and investigations, your diagnosis, plan of care, treatment and interventions
- Your health record includes information that SHHA generates, as well as information that SHHA receives from outside sources
How is my Health Information Used?
PHIPA sets out a limited set of acceptable uses of personal health information without consent. Examples of use include:
- Planning or delivering programs or services
- Risk management, error management or activities to improve or maintain the quality of care or any related program or service
- Outside healthcare agencies or healthcare providers
- Obtaining payment or processing, monitoring, verifying or reimbursing health care claims,
- Research, provided that specific requirements and conditions are met