Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act
The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) provides a general right of access to records in the hospital’s custody or control as of January 1, 2007. There are certain exclusions and exemptions from the right of access such as the right to the protection of personal information.
The principles of FIPPA are:
Information should be available to the public
Exemptions from the right of access should be limited and specific
Any person may make a request for records held by an institution subject to FIPPA
To protect individuals from unauthorized, collection, use or disclosure of personal information and to provide individuals with a right of access to their own personal information
for the Access/Correction Request form
access to personal health information, such as a patient’s medical chart, is not available under FIPPA. The Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA) applies to a patient’s medical information and North York General (NYGH) protects medical information in accordance with PHIPA. If you wish to make a request for your own patient chart, please use the PHIPA request process.