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Legislation Aims To Improve Medical Practices

PRIVACY LAW—CANADA

November 2, 2010

Health legislation proclaimed in New Brunswick in September will provide better guidance for medical professionals about how they should record, access and use a patient's personal medical information, The Daily Gleaner reports. The Personal Health Information Privacy and Access Act will govern the collection, use, disclosure and secure destruction of personal health information by every public user, the report states. One health network's chief privacy officer says the legislation will also provide guidance on breach notification and management of electronic health records. "It gives us a consistent practice so everybody's using that same standard, whereas in the past, the different facilities may have had their own policy or practice."
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