October 15, 2013 - Lots has been happening so there will be several new posts soon, including the one on driver's licence, plus one on a report from the Privacy Commissioner on how she found "a complete lack of monitoring, enforcement, and evaluation" within the Ministry of Health regarding personal information, and others
All new postings are listed under 3. New Postings.
NEXT BLOG - The politicians are connecting our driver's licence with our medical records and making it our provincial identification.
This site talks about patients privacy rights (or the lack thereof) in the medical field primarily in British Columbia, Canada. However, after reading/hearing about the issues, out-of-province Canadians have told me that they were going to look into the situation in their own province and, in some cases, visitors to Canada have said that they would look into the situation in their country.
To Contact Christy Clark:
E-mail – firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone – 250-387-1715
or 604-660-2421 and they will put you through to her office toll-free
TDD – 604-775-0303
Elsewhere in B.C.:
Phone – 1-800-663-7867
TDD – 1-800-661-8773
Mailing Address: PO Box 9041
STN PROV GOVT
To promote openness, transparency, accountability and protection of rights we demand that:
(1) The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIPPA) be changed so that information may be collected, used and shared only with PATIENT CONSENT.
(2) The public be entitled to know SPECIFICALLY to whom we are consenting to share our information and how much information we are consenting to share. (Specifically means are they computer companies, janitors, food services companies, volunteers, etc., why do they need to access medical information, how much can they access, and is access limited to certain people in the company).
(3) The public be involved in the decision-making regarding the provincial and national medical databases being created; that our written consent be required before putting any information in the databases; that we have the right to say “NO” to putting our information in the databases.
(4) The public be given information on the new committee set up to look into privacy issues in the health sector.
(5) Privacy audits be conducted by an independent organization to ensure compliance by the health sector and the results made public.
We also suggest that one committee be set up to design forms, processes, procedures in the health sector to reduce costs, increase compliance with the law and accountability, and use of best practice techniques, as opposed to the current system where each health authority, and in some cases each hospital/clinic, prepares its own.
Please cc Adrian Dix, NDP Leader at email@example.com.(I'm assuming this is still valid but their website doesn't provide an email address. Or phone 604-430-8600 or 1-888-868-3637
Also please cc anyone else you think appropriate.
I would appreciate a copy of your letter e-mailed to me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and/or please tell me the names of anyone else you think should be cc'd.