On June 1, 2013, the Personal Health Information Act (PHIA) comes into force in Nova Scotia. If you are involved in health care in Nova Scotia, you need to know whether PHIA applies to you.

PHIA is very detailed provincial legislation which will govern the collection, use, disclosure, retention and disposal and destruction of personal health information by a custodian or an individual to whom a custodian has disclosed the information.

To determine whether PHIA applies to you, you must understand what is meant by “personal health information” and you need to know whether you are a “custodian”, which are both defined in PHIA.