In mid-August 2016, the Office of the Information & Privacy Commissioner of Alberta (OPIC) publicly reported its investigation into alleged misuse of electronic health records by two physicians responding to a patient complaint. AHS and the physicians appealed the OIPC’s decision to the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta, suspending the OIPC order until the Court renders a final decision in 2018. College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta (CPSA) newsletters have drawn attention to the Order, offering advice about how to access records when responding to complaints. AHS-affiliated physicians have many questions. The CMO, CMIO, Legal and Privacy have prepared a short memo and FAQ.
OIPC Order: ahs-cmio.ca/oipc201606
CPSA News: CPSA Newsletter
AHS Advice: ahs-cmio/oipc201606advice