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Commissioner: Legislation Needed Ahead of EHRs

PRIVACY LAW—CANADA

October 5, 2010

CBC News reports on Nunavut's transition to electronic health records (EHRs) despite an absence of laws to protect patient information. Health officials plan to introduce EHRs in Nunavut in the next six months, the report states, but the territory's information and privacy commissioner says she doesn't have the power to investigate privacy violations involving patient records. "Unfortunately, the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act has privacy rules but no oversight and no way to address breaches," said Commissioner Elaine Keenan Bengts. "Legislation should precede the electronic record. That's not going to happen here." Bengts suggested amending Nunavut's privacy law to allow her to review breaches.
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