The Health Information Act (HIA) came into force on April 25, 2001.

HIA provides individuals with the right to request access to their own health information in the custody or under the control of health custodians while providing custodians with a framework for conducting the collection, use and disclosure of health information.

The Act also gives individuals the right to request corrections and to have custodians consider their wishes regarding how much of their health information is disclosed or made accessible through Alberta Netcare, the province's electronic health record system.

HIA applies to more than 54,900 health custodians. Custodians include:

  • Alberta Health
  • Alberta Health Services
  • Covenant Health
  • Nursing homes
  • Physicians
  • Registered nurses
  • Pharmacists
  • Optometrists
  • Opticians
  • Chiropractors
  • Podiatrists
  • Midwives
  • Dentists
  • Denturists
  • Dental hygienists

In addition to regulating information access, collection, use and disclosure practices of custodians, the HIA also covers the actions of affiliates. Affiliates include employees, volunteers, contractors and agencies under contract to the custodian. Some examples of affiliates can include reception and nursing staff at a doctor's office, pharmacy technicians, or information desk and food service workers in a hospital.

Ultimately, custodians are responsible for the information collected, used or disclosed by their affiliates.

Free printable versions of the legislation can be downloaded from the Alberta Queen’s Printer website at www.qp.alberta.ca  Copies of the Act in print and electronic format can also be purchased from the Queen's Printer. 

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