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 2020 to enhance the protection of electronic health records and to give the Information and Privacy Commissioner additional enforcement powers.
All Massage Therapists (RMTs/MTs) should familiarize themselves with PHIPA and the amendments by reviewing these documents:
- The Personal Health Information Protection Act, 2004: A Guide for Regulated Health Professionals (2020) and;
- What You Need to Know About Privacy Law: An Overview of the Personal Health Information Protection Act, 2004 (2020)
These documents provide information for regulated health professionals in Ontario about the basic concepts of PHIPA and how to begin developing a plan for complying with it. These documents are not intended to provide legal advice. For legal advice about compliance with PHIPA, RMTs should speak to a lawyer.