CCMSU Medical Imaging recognizes the importance of privacy and the sensitivity of personal information, in particular, personal health information. Protecting the privacy of personal information is an important component in the provision of quality diagnostic imaging services to our patients. We are committed to collecting, using and disclosing your personal information in a responsible fashion, and only to the extent necessary for the services we provide.
Personal information is any information that identifies you, or by which your identity could be deduced. Personal information includes any health related information. Business information however (e.g. an individual’s business title or business address and business telephone number) is not protected by privacy legislation.
In general, if we do not collect and use your personal information, we cannot provide you with our services.
The following is a summary of the purposes for collection, use and disclosure of your personal information:
To advise you and/or your physician with respect to health related matters, and to render a diagnosis and/or treatment recommendation
To enable us to contact and maintain communication with you, including, without limitation, to distribute health-care information and to book and confirm appointments
To communicate with your physician and/or other health-care providers and organizations where required for your health care
To allow us to efficiently follow-up for testing, treatment, care and billing
For teaching and demonstrating purposes on an anonymous basis (if possible)
To complete and submit claims for payment to OHIP and to other third parties (such as private health insurance plans) in order to be paid for services rendered
To comply with legal and regulatory requirements, including the delivery of patients’ charts and records to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario or others as required under the Independent Health Facilities Act or the Healing Arts Radiation Protection Act (or successor legislation) in a timely fashion, when required, and to comply with any other agreements/undertakings entered into with the College or the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care
Your consent will be assumed implied for the collection, use and disclosure of your personal health information for purposes related to your care (including sharing information with your referring physician) if you attend our facility for diagnostic imaging services and do not indicate to us otherwise. If you provide us with an imaging CD for comparison or consultation, we will assume your implied consent to retain this information on our system for distribution, and appropriate use by other Health care Professionals.
Your personal health information will not be used or disclosed for purposes other than those for which the information was collected, except with your express consent, or as required by law.
We retain records and images as required by law and regulations, including the regulations under the Independent Health Facilities Act (Ontario).
We will only collect information necessary for the purposes set out in this policy.