The Personal Health Information Act (PHIA) came into force on December 11, 1997. It was the first legislation of its kind in Canada designed specifically to provide access to information rights and protection of privacy rights concerning personal health information. Significant amendments to PHIA came into effect on May 1, 2010 and January 1, 2011.
PHIA applies to "trustees": health professionals, health-care facilities, public bodies and health services agencies that collect or maintain personal health information. The act governs an individual's access to his or her own personal health information held by trustees and sets out requirements that trustees must follow to protect the privacy of personal health information.
For more information on the legislation, see the Manitoba Health PHIA pages at http://www.gov.mb.ca/health/phia/index.html which include brief summaries on PHIA and trustee guides.
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