Connect Care Privacy Impact Assessment

Information sharing is about how health data is collected, accessed, used, disclosed and exchanged. The Connect Care Clinical Information Sharing Approach (CISA, ahs-cis.ca/cisa) guides Alberta Health Services (AHS) as its provincial clinical information system (CIS) is designed, built and prepared for launch just one year from now.

CISA promotes responsible information sharing to improve health care and the health care system. This includes uses for training, administration, quality improvement, outcomes tracking, research and instruction. As custodian of the Connect Care CIS, AHS bears responsibility for a wide range of processes to ensure that information sharing is both productive and protective.

AHS responsibilities include preparation of a Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) for submission to the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner (OIPC). A PIA demonstrates that AHS, as a custodian of health information under the Health Information Act (HIA), has considered the privacy risks associated with implementing a provincial CIS and has implemented strategies to mitigate those risks.

We highlight this important work now because the first PIA sections are submitted in October 2018.