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03. Why does the hospital need this information?
We use and disclose your PHI to:
• Treat and care for you
• Get payment for treatment and care from OHIP,WSIB
• Plan, administer and manage our internal operations
• Conduct risk management activities
• Conduct quality improvement activities
• Compile statistics
• Fundraise to improve our health care service and programs
• Conduct research
• Teach
• Notify a representative of a religious affiliation
• Conduct patient satisfaction surveys
• Memorial services
• Confirm that you are patient, your general health status
• Notify you of an appointment, a change to your appointment or cancellation
• HHS shares personal health information (PHI) on their pediatric patients (under 18 years of age) with the Electronic Child Network (eCHIN) which is a non-profit, government funded organization dedicated to managing pediatric medical records from many different health care institutions into one cohesive secure medical record, that will enhance the care of our pediatric population in Ontario.
• The federal and provincial governments have established a goal of providing Canadians with an electronic health record. This will improve patient safety, reduce wait times, avoid duplicate testing and enhance timely access to your health information by your healthcare provider. As these systems become established your Hamilton Health Sciences information will be stored securely on shared health information databases, accessible only by your authorized healthcare provider.
Hamilton Health Sciences • Hamilton, Ontario • 905.521.2100

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