Healthcare Quarterly

Healthcare Quarterly 5(1) September 2001 : 66-70.doi:10.12927/hcq..16694
Hospital Law

Implementing a Privacy Compliance Program in Your Hospital

Pamela C. Spencer


In the Winter 2000/2001 issue (Vol.4 No.2) of Hospital Quarterly, I wrote about the implications of the new federal privacy legislation on public hospital activity. The Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA)1 applies to organizations that collect, use or disclose personal information in the course of a commercial activity.

One year has now passed, and it remains unclear whether hospitals in a given province will be subject to the Act when it comes into force with respect to provincially regulated hospitals on January 1, 2004. Provincial and national cross-border exchanges of personal information, including personal health information are, however, subject to the Act as of January 1, 2002.



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