Centre for Family Medicine Care Innovations (CFFM CI), operating as the eHealth Centre of Excellence (eCE), engages in activities to improve the quality of patient care through the effective and innovative use of enabling technologies.
Initially funded by the MOHLTC in 2014, the eCE receives funding, in part, to establish a vision, strategy, and critical components for an eReferral Program with a framework for expanding to other eServices.
The Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA, 2004) establishes a statutory privacy framework for protecting personal health information (PHI) in Ontario.
Under PHIPA, eCE in its development, provision and/or deployment of various digital health programs and services, acts variously as:
- an agent of Participants (who are Health Information Custodians [HICs]) in eCE programs and services
- a service provider/Electronic Service Provider to Participants
- a HINP to one or more Participants
According to these roles, eCE is broadly accountable to:
- collect, use, disclose and retain/destroy Personal Health Information (PHI) in accordance with PHIPA
- employ safeguards to protect the PHI entrusted to eCE by Participants in eCE programs and services
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