The Consent Requirements under the Personal Health Information Protection Act

Date: May 11th 2011 from 12pm to 1pm EST

Abstract:
This presentation will provide an overview of the consent provisions in the Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA). It will outline the circumstances in which health information custodians may rely on implied or assumed implied consent and the circumstances in which health information custodians must obtain express consent. It will also describe the elements of a valid consent and the notice requirements for ensuring that consent is knowledgeable. The presentation will also include a discussion of the relationship between consent and the requirement to provide a written public statement.

Speaker: Debra Grant, Senior Health Privacy Specialist for the Information and Privacy Commissioner for the Province of Ontario (IPC)

Biography:
Debra Grant is a Senior Health Privacy Specialist for the Information and Privacy Commissioner for the Province of Ontario (IPC), the independent body that oversees the provincial Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, and the Personal Health Information Protection Act. She graduated in 1991 with a Ph.D. in social psychology from York University. For the past 21 years, she has worked for the IPC conducting research and developing policies on access and privacy issues in relation to a wide variety of topics, including personal health information. She has worked on numerous submissions to the Ontario government on existing and proposed public and private sector privacy legislation and provides expert advice to government and health sector organizations on privacy issues in relation to personal health information.

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