Stewart McKelvey

Vol 3 Issue 3 Fall 2013

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health information can be used without the consent of the individual, such as for the purpose of a quality review program within the custodian's organization. Custodians may disclose personal health information to other custodians if reasonably necessary for healthcare for the individual. Under defined circumstances, information can also be disclosed without the consent of the individual. Disclosure of health information without consent must be documented. If you are a custodian, you must have a written retention and destruction schedule for personal health information; information practices to ensure personal health information is protected against theft, loss of information, or unauthorized access, use or disclosure; and a complaints and privacy policy, made available to the public. Custodians must notify individuals at the first reasonable opportunity if a custodian believes on a reasonable basis that personal health information is stolen, lost or subject to unauthorized access, use, disclosure, copying or modification, and, as a result there is a potential for harm or embarrassment to the individual. Where a custodian determines that personal health information has been stolen, lost or subject to unauthorized access, use, disclosure, copying or modification, but a breach, harm or embarrassment is unlikely, then the custodian may decide not to notify the individual, but a Review Officer must be notified. karen Bennett-clayton, partner Halifax, ns 902.420.3377 Stewart Mckelvey proudly celebrates over twenty years of innovative leadership as Atlantic canada's first and largest regional law firm. With a distinguished heritage reaching back to canada's confederation, our law firm has established an international reputation for generating results. More than 220 lawyers and over 300 staff in our six locations have a single objective: the best results for our clients. charlottetown, PE 65 grafton St., P.o. Box 2140 charlottetown, PE c1A 1k8 Phone: 902.892.2485 Fax: 902.566.5283 Moncton, nB Suite 601, Blue cross centre, 644 Main St. P.o. Box 28051, Moncton, nB E1c 1E2 Phone: 506.853.1970 Fax: 506.858.8454 Fredericton, nB Suite 600, Frederick Square, 77 Westmorland St. P.o. Box 730 Fredericton, nB E3B 6Z3 Phone: 506.458.1970 Fax: 506.444.8974 Saint John, nB Suite 1000, Brunswick house, P.o. Box 7289, Postal Station A 44 chipman hill, Saint John, nB E2L 2A9 Phone: 506.632.1970 Fax: 506.652.1989 halifax, nS Suite 900, Purdy's Wharf Tower one 1959 upper Water St., P.o. Box 997, halifax, nS B3J 3n2 Phone: 902.420.3200 Fax: 902.420.1417 St. John's, nL Suite 1100, cabot Place, 100 new gower St. P.o. Box 5038, St. John's, nL A1c 6k3 Phone: 709.722.4270 Fax: 709.722.4565

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