When do we disclose your personal health information?
In addition to your paper based health record, The Ottawa Hospital has an electronic health record. Other health-care providers, who are partners in your care, may access your electronic health record if they have signed an agreement with the hospital.
Personal health information may be disclosed to the following persons or agencies:
- A care provider within your circle of care.
Your personal health information will be disclosed only to care providers involved in your personal care unless you have expressly withheld or withdrawn your consent to do so. Examples of care providers may include your attending doctor, nurses, family doctor, pharmacists, laboratory technicians, etc. Your personal health information will never be disclosed to any care providers who are not involved in your personal care without your consent to do so.
- You or your legal representative.
Your personal information can be disclosed to someone that you have designated to act on your behalf in the event that you are unable to do so (for example: Power of Attorney for Personal Care, Substitute Decision-Maker).
- Any person or agency to whom the disclosure is required by law
- A health regulatory agency (such as Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Health Canada), if health regulations or laws require health information. For example, hospitals are required to provide health information for billing, statistical reporting, and health-care management purposes.
- Any third party (such as your private insurance company or lawyer) provided you have consented to the disclosure (by signing the Consent to Release of Information), or law requires the disclosure.