The use of new technologies (e.g. mobile devices, electronic communication tools, and electronic medical records software applications) has significantly affected the way in which personal health information is being collected, used and disclosed. With this increased convenience comes increased security risks, so how can physicians maintain confidentiality of their patients’ personal health information?
To assist physicians in meeting their obligations under the Personal Information Protection Act, SBC 2003, c.63 in this digital age, the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia (OIPC), the Doctors of BC, and the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC have partnered to update the BC Physician Privacy Toolkit, which was originally published in 2004 and subsequently updated in 2009.
The media release issued by OIPC with respect to this most recent joint effort is available here. The updated tool kit is now available as a guidance document on the OIPC’s website. The Physician Privacy Toolkit and other relevant resources can also be found on the Doctors of BC website.