We are committed to protecting the privacy and confidentiality of your information and we have specific policies and practices that are in place to do this. In order to provide the best possible care for you and your family, it is necessary for us to collect, use and disclose patient information.
We share your health information with:
- Your next-of-kin (family member) or legal representative – a person you choose
- Other healthcare providers as part of your care
- Health regulatory agencies (for example, agencies that track wait times)
- Public authorities as permitted and required by law (for example, Public Health to track infections)
- Government agencies (for example, the Workplace Safety & Insurance Board), or if you give your consent, your private insurer to get payment for your treatment or care
Unless you tell us not to, we may also disclose your information to:
- Visitors or callers so that they may reach you in the hospital. If you do not wish SJHC to tell visitors and callers that you are in the hospital, let us know when you are admitted and share this with your care team.
- Religious or spiritual advisors may visit you in the hospital. If you do not want this service, please tell us when you are admitted.
- St. Joe’s Foundation – If you do not want to be contacted for fundraising after you leave the hospital, please let us know that when you are being admitted, or you may also call the Privacy Office.
You may access and correct your personal health records, or withdraw your consent for some of the uses and disclosures of your personal health information by contacting Release of Information at 416-530-6047.