A prescription for reform needed in health care system

As Information and Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia, my role is to inform the public about their information and privacy rights, and bring forward issues and new developments affecting these important rights. Today I am issuing a special report, A Prescription for Legislative Reform, to promote an informed dialogue between patients, health practitioners, researchers and government about the collection and use of personal information in the health care system.

This dialogue is urgently needed. While the drive to improve health outcomes and new technologies create new opportunities in the research and treatment of disease, government’s current legal framework for the use of personal health information is strained by this new reality.

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