Freedom of information regarding Ontario hospitals and physicians
Twitter is a great place to find healthcare information. While being limited to 140 characters, it is succinct. I found out what was happening to our privacy laws in Ontario healthcare.
I saw a tweet:
I saw a tweet:
buried on pg31 of 146-pg budget, the govt has incl an amendment that will block public access to freedom of information requests in hospitals
Sure enough, Right2SafeCare found this:
Proposed Legislation Aims to Create Greater Public Accountability
- Bans the practice of hiring lobbyists using public funds
- Increases accountability for hospitals and LHINs
- Establishes new procurement and expense rules for certain large BPS organizations
- Adds accountability measures related to compliance and expenses rules
- Brings hospitals under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA)
Accordingly, hospitals will want to adopt best practices in not only responding to FIPPA requests but, equally importantly, in (a) cleansing existing files on or before December 31, 2011, subject to legislative record-keeping requirements; and (b) educating all staff including the Board of Directors, as to how they should conduct business under the FIPPA regime, particularly with respect to expenses, procurement and decision-making relating to hospital services, in order to avoid any reputational risks. For example, the appropriate level of care must be paid to all correspondence dealing with hospital business, especially email, as it considered to be a “record” under FIPPA and subject to the public right of access.