Protecting the Privacy of Your Personal Health Information
Sault Area Hospital recognizes that the personal health information of our patients must be treated with respect and sensitivity and privacy must be protected. The personal health information we collect may include name, date of birth, address, health card number, health history, records of visits to Sault Area Hospital and the care received during those visits. Occasionally, we collect personal health information about our patients from other sources if we have obtained consent to do so or if the law permits.
We use and disclose your personal health information to:
- Treat and care for you
- Receive payment for your treatment and care
- Manage the hospital
- Teach, conduct research and compile statistics
- Comply with legal requirements, and to fulfill other purposes permitted by law
- We disclose personal health information to other health providers, agencies or hospitals in order to provide continuity of care.
- Individuals may call the hospital to inquire if a patient is in hospital. The hospital has a process in place for those patients who do not want their presence known. If you do not want your presence known, please inform the staff.
- To ensure quality of care, patients are advised to remain on their units or outpatient areas, otherwise the hospital may need to page them publicly. Please advise the staff if you are leaving.
Subject to legal exceptions:
- You may withdraw your consent for some of these uses and disclosures by contacting us.
- You may access your health record and you may request correction of your health records.
We take steps to protect your personal health information from theft, loss and unauthorized access, including copying, modification, use, disclosure and disposal.
How to contact us
For more information about our privacy protection practices, or to raise a concern, please speak to your caregiver or contact the Privacy Officer at (705) 759-3434 ext. 3635.