Caring for your information Your health information and your privacy right

Lake of the Woods District Hospital (LWDH) understands the sensitivity of your personal health information (PHI) and is committed to protecting your privacy

When receiving health care and services from LWDH, we will collect, use and share personal health information to:

• Identify and keep in contact with you about your health care

• Provide ongoing health care

• Support the provision of health care by health care partners

• Help us plan, monitor and improve our care and services to you

• Support billing to medical services where relevant

• Analyze, manage and control disease outbreaks and monitor the overall health of people

• And as required by law (e.g., court order, reportable conditions)

• Understand your eligibility for benefits and services LWDH will keep PHI only as long as reasonably required and only release information for purposes not listed here in accordance with the Personal Health Information Protection Act 'PHIPA'and other applicable legislation.

Understanding Implied Consent

By receiving health care services at LWDH, we have your implied consent for information to be shared as required with those within your "circle of care" for the purpose of your ongoing care and/or treatment (e.g., other care providers, specialist, lab technologists, etc.) unless you tell us otherwise. Our staff understand and are committed to protecting your sensitive information.

Understanding Express Consent

Express consent (verbal or written) will be obtained if/when we are collecting, using, and disclosing personal information outside of the "circle of care", or for secondary purposes out of those listed above (e.g., research, teaching/education).

Your Rights You have the right to:

• Ask to see and get a copy of your health record

• Ask us to correct information in your record that is inaccurate or incomplete

• Ask us not to collect, use or share your health information for health care purposes Contact us if you would like to:

• Ask about how to exercise your privacy rights

• Request access to or correction of your health record

• Make a complaint For more information: LWDH Privacy Officer This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (807) 468-9861 Ext. 2282

You have a right to file complaint with the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 1-800-387-0073

There are no negative consequences to inquiring about your personal and sensitive information

ANHP Joint Public Privacy Statement