Privacy and the protection of personal health information are a critical domain of digital health delivery to Canadians. Canadian provinces and territories has each their own privacy laws and regulations in place to which are designed to protect personal health information.
In Untied States, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) federal law sets the standard for sensitive patient data protection. Originally proposed in 1996 in order that workers could carry forward insurance and healthcare rights between jobs, however the Act has then expanded into an Act of legislation that also governs health insurance fraud and tax provisions and much more more.
In Canada there are a number of requirements to comply with the PIPEDA federal law, for example organizations must obtain an individual’s consent when they collect, use or disclose individual’s personal information or these personal information can only be used for the purposes for which it was collected.
Our team of PIPEDA security consultants in Toronto can help to develop security software can help you address the law’s provisions concerning the privacy and security of electronic protected health information. These could include developing workflows and systems to provide rights to individuals to access or amend their protected health information; implement security rules covering administrative and technical safeguards; implement systems for requirement management for policies and procedures; and document management systems.
Additionally our HIPAA expert team in Toronto can help your organization with reviewing best practices for addressing the PIPEDA and HIPAA security rules, help you to establish an audit process and help your organization in providing evidence to prove PIPEDA and HIPAA compliance.
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