- How we protect your privacy
- What is health information?
- What are your rights
- How to request your health information
- Information on Health Information Privacy and Management Act (HIPMA)
The Health Information Privacy and Management Act (HIPMA) protects your health information and your right to access it.
How we protect your privacy
The government has a responsibility to protect the privacy of your health information. Yukon’s Health Information Privacy and Management Act (HIPMA) sets out rules about how we may collect, use and disclose your health information. These laws enable us to provide you with the right care, in the right place, at the right time, while protecting your privacy.
What is health information?
Heath information is defined as any identifying information of a person that
- relates to the person's health or the provision of health care;
- relates to payment for health care;
- relates to the donation by the individual of any body part, tissue or bodily substance of the individual; or
- is derived from the testing, including genetic testing, or examination of any body part, tissue or bodily substance of the individual.
For example, your health information may include:
- phone number;
- health card number;
- physical and mental health history;
- information about tests, procedures and care you received;
- records related to your care;
- hospitalizations and other interactions with the health care system;
- addictions and substance-use history;
- financial information for income tested programs; and
- information about your health care providers.
What are your rights
When you provide your health information to us, we're required to use and disclose it only as permitted by the Act and to keep it secure.
Under HIPMA, you have the right to:
- withhold or withdraw your consent for us to collect, use, and/or disclose your health information in certain situations (for example, other than those expressly permitted under HIPMA).
- Review or receive a copy of your health information.
See Requesting your health information for more details.
If you decide to withdraw or withhold your consent, we'll explain how this will impact your care or services.
How to request your health information
You have a right to review or receive a copy of your personal health information from Health and Social Services.
You can make your request by filling out the below form(s) and submitting to Health and Social Services’ Access to Information (ATI) Office.
Crocus Ridge Place, #1 Hospital Road, 2nd floor, in Whitehorse. Our office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
ATIPP office, Government of Yukon Administrative Building, 2071 2nd Avenue (lower floor) in Whitehorse. Our office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Government of Yukon
Attention: ATI Office
Health and Social Services (H-1)
Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 2C6
Information on Health Information Privacy and Management Act (HIPMA)
The Act legislates access to your health information so that:
- your privacy and rights are protected; and
- health care providers provide you with the best care possible.
- Health Information Privacy and Management Act
- Health Information Privacy and Management Act – Health Information General Regulations
- Health Information Privacy and Management Act – Yukon Health Information Network Regulations
Yukon Health Information Network (YHIN) Ministerial Orders
- Decision of the Minister YHIN201705–001 – requirement to make drug supply transaction information accessible (May 23, 2017)
- Ministerial Order – electronic systems designated as part of Yukon Health Information Network (August 23, 2016)
- Ministerial Order – authorized user eligibility for Yukon Health Information Network (June 8, 2017)
- Ministerial Order – personal health information designated as Yukon Health Information Network information (June 8, 2017)
- Notice Regarding Decision of the Minister July 10, 2017
- Notice Regarding Decision of the Minister August 23, 2017
- Health and Social Services Privacy Notice
- Health and Social Services Written Statement of Information Practices
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 867-456-3953, toll free 1-800-661-0408 extension 3953.