A recent survey of Canadians has shown overwhelming support for the use of electronic health records systems, provided the privacy of their personal health information are properly looked after. The report also reveals how Canadians feel about health-care delivery, data security, and more.
A new system for transferring personal health information files has not only enhanced data security, but it's taken the Ontario Ministry of Health out of the 1960's and into the 21st century, according to the Ministry's security architect, David Wilkins.
The theft of a laptop from a SickKids physician has resulted in a swift order from Ontario's Information and Privacy Commissioner, Ann Cavoukian. Cavoukian has ordered the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto to implement specific protection mechanisms, including the strong encryption of any personal data that is taken off-site.
New health networks, proliferation of electronic health information exchanges, increased use of computerized health records and clinical management systems have undoubtedly enhanced healthcare service delivery in the province and countrywide. But they have also generated new questions and concerns about health information privacy among a wide range of stakeholders, including practitioners, patients, healthcare IT product vendors, and health information network providers.