Privacy and Clients Rights
OUR COMMITMENT TO PRIVACY
To provide the best possible care, we need to collect and use personal health information. Somerset West Community Health Centre is committed to keeping your information safe and confidential. We follow the rules set out in law about collecting, using and disclosing your personal information.
To ensure the protection of your personal information, we have:
Privacy Policies in place
Appointed a Privacy Officer to answer your concerns or inquiries
Set up safeguards in the handling of paper, electronic and verbal personal information.
HOW WE WORK
We will usually collect your personal health information from you for your health record. This information includes your date of birth, contact information, health history, family health history, details of your physical and mental health records, record of your visits, the care and support you received during those visits, results from tests and procedures. We will only collect this information from another source if you give your consent or the law permits us to do so. The Centre’s service providers work in teams to provide you with comprehensive care and service. Information for your best care may be shared among those directly involved with your care.
We collect, use and disclose (meaning share) your health information to:
Treat and care for you
Update you of upcoming events, activities and programs
Coordinate your care with your other health care providers including through shared electronic health information systems and local, regional and provincial programs
Plan, administer and manage our internal operations
To submit info required by funding agencies
To fulfill QI requirements such as evaluations and chart audits
Fulfill other purposes permitted or required by law
Our collection, use and disclosure (sharing) of your personal health information is done in accordance with Ontario law. We are bound by confidentiality. We have to protect your information from loss or theft. If there is a privacy breach, we will inform you (we are required by law to inform you).
We may also collect, use and share your health information in order to talk with other health care providers about your care unless you tell us you do not want us to do so.
You have the right to ask that we not share some or all of your health record with one or more of our team 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 read our Client Lockbox Information Brochure: How to Restrict Access to your Health Record. If you wish to set up a Client Lockbox, please fill out a Client Lockbox Request Form and return it to your service provider.
LIMIT TO CONFIDENTIALITY
Somerset West CHC may report information to third parties, without consent:
Where required by a court through subpoena, administrative agency or other governmental tribunal;
In prevention of imminent harm-Where the Centre believes, upon reasonable grounds, that it is necessary to protect the rights, privacy, safety or property of an identifiable person or group;
Potential liability to the Centre- upon the judgement of the Executive Director, client records will be provided to the Centre’s own lawyer, own liability insurer, or an adjuster or lawyer acting on behalf of the Centre’s insurer;
Where there are reasonable grounds to suspect that a child is or may be suffering or may have suffered abuse, the suspicion and the information on which it is based shall be reported promptly to the Children’s Aid Society.
Records must be made available upon request to investigators of a regulatory college, or the Coroner.
A provider who forms the opinion that a person is infected with a communicable disease must report to the Medical Officer of Health in accordance with the Health Promotion and Protection Act and Regulations.
ACCESSING YOUR INFORMATION
The Information in your record belongs to you; the physical record itself belongs to the Centre. You are welcome to read or have a copy of your personal health record. You may also request correction of your record. If you wish to access your record, fill out a Request to Access Personal Health Information form and return it to your service provider. An appointment will be set up for you with your service provider to review the records. If you wish to correct or update your record, fill out a Request to correct personal health information form. If you wish to give access or transfer your health files to another provider, fill out an ‘Authorization for release of information’ form and return it to your service provider.
QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS
If at any time you have questions or concerns about the treatment of your personal health information or the protection of your privacy within Somerset West CHC, please do not hesitate to raise your concerns with your service provider, or Somerset West CHC’s Privacy Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org
CLIENT RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
You can read our full client rights and responsibilities policy here.
You can learn all about our health programs here.