Health professionals have an ethical and legal obligation to protect the patient’s right to privacy and confidentiality of personal health information. Privacy information in Newfoundland and Labrador (NL) is guided by legislation.
The Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (ATIPPA) is provincial legislation guiding public sector privacy law. The Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA), is the federal law governing privacy in the private sector. Health professionals in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador (NL) are bound to both by the provisions of the Personal Health Information Act (2011) (PHIA). PHIA is the provincial law that governs the collection, use of and disclosure of personal health information by individuals and organizations, also known as custodians, involved in the delivery of health care services. The law is intended to ensure that personal health information is kept confidential and secure while allowing for effective delivery of health care services in the province.
Within the context of privacy and confidentiality there are many components: legislative compliance, consent considerations, security of information, and appropriate release of information, etc. Below are links to the legislation and other tools available for health professionals. Please contact the NLCHP should you have any questions.