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The Health Information Protection Act is designed to improve the privacy of people’s health information while ensuring adequate sharing of information is possible to provide health services. Development of the Act started in 1997 and it was proclaimed in force on September 1, 2003. New regulations created under the authority of this Act called The Health Information Protection Regulations came into force on July 22, 2005.

The Health Information Protection Act legislates rights of individuals and obligations of the “trustees” in the health system with respect to personal health information. A trustee includes persons or organizations prescribed in the Act or regulations who have custody or control of personal health information and includes, the Ministry, physicians, regional health authorities, the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency, ambulance operators, health profesionals to name but a few. Please see clause 2(t) of HIPA for a complete list of trustees.

HIPA applies to personal health information in the health system in any form, including paper and electronic records. It provides protection for privacy of personal health information, while ensuring that information is available, as needed, to provide health services to those in need and to monitor, evaluate and improve the health system in Saskatchewan.

Documents are available for download from links listed below.

Related Documents

What to do about a misdirected fax containing personal health information.

Information about the revisions to regulations to allow health foundations access to basic contact information of former hospital patients. April 2010.

Guideline to be used by trustees and information management service providers (IMSPs) to review existing or draft new agreements.

For the purposes of Section 29 (Use and Disclosure for Research of HIPA)

A checklist to assist trustees evaluate preparedness for compliance with the Act.

health-info-checklist.pdf  ( 74.3 KB )

An overview of the requirements for consent under the Act for the collection, use and disclosure of personal health information.

An overview document describing the provisions of the Act including the amendments.

health-info-trustee.pdf  ( 18.7 KB )

For the purposes of Section 29 (Use and Disclosure for Research of HIPA)

A consultation paper on protection of personal health information.

Related Links

News release - May 8, 2003

A complete copy of the Act

A complete copy of the regulations

Government's commitment to protecting the privacy of health information.  

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