The Ontario government introduced An Act to amend certain Acts with respect to electronic health records yesterday.  Among other things, this legislation:

  • Establishes privacy and security requirements for shared electronic health records;
  • Clarifies the authorities under which health care providers may collect, use and disclose personal health information in electronic health records;
  • Outlines rules respecting an individual's right to mask his or her personal health information through a consent directive; and
  • Establishes an advisory committee for the purpose of making recommendations to the Minister on matters related to shared electronic health records.

For additional information, see the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care Backgrounder.