At the IWK, we are committed to protecting the privacy of your personal health information. We collect, use and disclose the personal health information you entrust to us for a number of purposes, which we summarize in this poster. Our employees and other authorized persons are only allowed to collect, use and disclose the personal health information they need to: (1) fulfill their roles and (2) for purposes permitted under Nova Scotia law, in particular the Personal Health information Act (PHIA).
The personal health information collected by the IWK may include:
We collect personal health information directly from you or the person acting on your behalf. Sometimes we ask other health professionals or health care organizations involved in your care for your personal health information. This helps us to provide care. The IWK may collect personal health information from other sources, if the law allows, or with your consent. We may collect and store personal health information in different ways - such as your paper chart, electronic files and images.
We use and disclose your personal health information in order to:
You have the right to:
You may choose not to give your consent for us to use and disclose your personal health information. We will do what we reasonably can to comply with your wishes. If you ask us, we will not do the following with your personal health information:
For more information about your rights in relation to your personal health information, please speak to your care team or refer to our privacy pamphlet, "The Personal Health Information Act" (PL-0807)
You may contact the IWK Privacy Office:
Local: (902) 470-6309
Please click here to view the Personal Health Information Act (via Department of Health and Wellness website).
The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIPOP) is provincial access and privacy legislation that applies to the IWK Health Centre. FOIPOP establishes a right of access to records in the custody or control of the IWK Health Centre for the purposes of accountability and transparency. FOIPOP balances the right to information with the protection of personal and confidential information.
To submit a FOIPOP request, complete the Application for Access to a Record (Form 1) with the $5 application fee and send it to:
IWK Health Centre
5850/5980 University Avenue
PO Box 9700
Halifax, NS B3K 6R8