The Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital has adopted the following 10 privacy principles set out in the National Standard of Canada Model Code for the Protection of Personal Information.
Principle 1: Accountability for Personal Information
Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital is responsible for personal information under its custody or control and will designate an individual(s) who are accountable for its compliance.
Principle 2: Identifying Purposes for the Collection of Personal Information
Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital, at or prior to the time of the collection of personal information, will identify the purposes for which the information is collected. The primary purposes are the delivery of direct patient care, the administration of health care systems, to conduct research and compile statistics, to comply with legal and regulatory
Principle 3: Consent for the Collection, Use and Disclosure of Personal Information
The knowledge and consent of the individual are required for the collection, use or disclosure of personal information, except where inappropriate.
Principle 4: Limiting Collection of Personal Information
The collection of personal information will be limited to that which is necessary for the purposes identified by Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital. Information will be collected by fair and lawful means.
Principle 5: Limiting Use, Disclosure and Retention of Personal Information
Personal information will not be used or disclosed for purposes other than those for which it is collected, except with the consent of the individual or as required by law. Personal information will be retained only as long as necessary for the fulfillment of those purposes.
Principle 6: Ensuring Accuracy of Personal Information
Personal information will be as accurate, complete and up-to-date as is necessary for the purposes for which it is to be used.
Principle 7: Ensuring Safeguards for Personal Information
Security safeguards appropriate to the sensitivity of the information will protect personal information.
Principle 8: Openness about Personal Information Policies and Practices
Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital shall make readily available to individuals specific information about its policies and practices relating to management of personal information.
Principle 9: Individual Access to their own Personal Information
Upon request, an individual shall be informed of the existence, use and disclosure of his or her personal information and will be given access to that information. An individual will be able to challenge the accuracy and completeness of the information and have it amended as appropriate.
Principle 10: Challenging Compliance with Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital’s Privacy Policies and Practices
An individual shall be able to address a challenge concerning compliance with the above principles to the Corporate Privacy Officer.