The Personal Health Information Protection Act, 2004 (PHIPA) sets out rules to protect a client’s personal health records across the health system.
PHIPA was amended in June 2016 to add a framework for a province-wide system of electronic health records. The most significant changes pertain to the duties and responsibilities of health information custodians regarding notification in the event of privacy breaches and the responsibilities of agents.
College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO) encourages all registrants to familiarize themselves with PHIPA and its amendment. This is intended as a general guide for regulated health professionals in Ontario on how to comply with PHIPA.
These three documents are essentials reads for registrants: The Personal Health Information Protection Act, 2004: A Guide for Regulated Health Professionals (2016 Update); What You Need to Know About Privacy Law: An Overview of the Personal Health Information Protection Act, 2004 (2016); and Reporting Privacy Breaches: Personal Health Information Protection Act Amendments 2016.
All of these key documents are hyperlinked below.