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Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA) 2004

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How we Collect Personal Health Information

The Region of Peel and MOH may collect personal health information directly from you or another person who is authorized to act on your behalf such as a parent or legal guardian or substitute decision-maker. We may also collect personal health information about you from other sources if your consent has been obtained or if the law permits or requires the collection. The information is collected for the purpose of promoting and protecting health, and to prevent disease. The kind of personal health information collected may include:

  • name, address, date of birth and Ontario health card number;
  • facts about health, health care and history related to exposures to disease; and
  • information about payment for health care, when required for certain public health services.

Personal health information may be collected through a face-to-face meeting with a Regional staff person, over the phone, through written papers and/or electronic documents. All documentation of personal health information by the Region of Peel is recorded on paper and/or electronically and complies with internal policies and procedures.

Why we Collect Personal Health Information

The general overall purpose for collection of personal health information is to promote and protect health, and to prevent disease. Some examples of when the Region of Peel's Public Health department, long-term care facilities and ambulance service may collect personal health information include:

  • the provision or assisting in provision of health care;
  • planning or delivering health programs or services;
  • arranging referrals, providing supportive counselling and establishing interventions;
  • health protection, health promotion and awareness;
  • public health administration and monitoring;
  • administering and managing the health care system;
  • purposes related to the Ambulance Service within the meaning of the Ambulance Act;
  • Purposes related to the function of the Medical Officer of Health and Board of Health pursuant to the Health Protection and Promotion Act;
  • Conducting research and statistics;
  • Purposes permitted or required by law; and
  • Compliance with legal and regulatory requirements.

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Revised: Wednesday July 21 2010

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