Dialogue Volume 13 Issue 2 2017 - Page 28

for your information We want your feedback Confidentiality of Personal Health Information The College’s Confidentiality of Personal Health Information policy is currently under review. The policy sets out physicians’ legal and professional obligations to protect the privacy and confidentiality of patients’ personal health information. It also outlines the limited circumstances where the disclosure of personal health information without a patient’s consent is permitted or required by law. To assist with this review, we are inviting feedback from all stakeholders, including members of the medical profession, the public, health-system organizations and other health professionals on the current policy. We would like to hear your thoughts on the current policy, along with suggestions you may have for how the policy could be improved. In particular, we are interested to know: Does the policy clearly articulate the physician’s professional obligations with respect to maintaining patient confidentiality; as well as circumstances in which confidential personal health information may be disclosed without the patient’s consent? Are there any issues not included in the current policy that should be addressed? If so, what are they? Are there other ways in which the policy could be improved? We want to hear your thoughts on the current policy: • Submit your comments to our discussion forum • Send us your comments via email: confidentiality@cpso.on.ca • Complete a brief online survey concerning the current policy • Send us your comments via regular mail: Policy Department 80 College Street Toronto, Ontario M5G 2E2 28 Dialogue Issue 2, 2017 Please provide your feedback by July 31, 2017. www.cpso.on.ca