Health Information Act

The Health Information Act (HIA) sets out the rules for the collection, use, disclosure and protection of health information that is in the custody or under the control of a custodian. Examples of custodians include Alberta Health, Alberta Health Services, Covenant Health, physicians, pharmacists, registered nurses, and dentists.

The HIA strikes a balance between the protection of privacy and enabling the appropriate amount of information sharing to provide health services and manage the health system.

Contact us

Alberta Health’s HIA Help Desk is available to assist individuals who have questions about the HIA. The HIA Help Desk can be reached from 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Monday to Friday, excluding statutory holidays) at 780-427-8089, or toll free in Alberta by dialing 310-0000 then 780-427-8089, or by email at hiahelpdesk@gov.ab.ca

Legislation

  • Health Information Act – establishes the rules for the collection, use, disclosure and protection of health information by custodians. It also provides individuals with a right of access to their health information, the right to request a correction or amendment to their health information, and oversight over the legislation.
  • Health Information Regulation – provides additional rules for the collection, use, disclosure and protection of health information by custodians.
  • Alberta Electronic Health Record Regulation – details requirements for the Alberta Electronic Health Record, also known as Alberta Netcare.
  • Designation Regulation – designates the research ethics boards approved for the purposes of Division 3 of the HIA.
  • Alberta's Queen's Printer – the official source for copies of Alberta legislation, including the HIA and its regulations.

Your rights and powers

You have rights under the HIA –

  1. You have a right to access a copy of your health information held by a custodian, subject to specific and limited exemptions.
  2. You have the right to request a correction or amendment of your health information held by a custodian.
  3. The HIA protects your health information and governs the collection, use and disclosure of that information.
  4. You have a right to know why your health information is being collected, used and disclosed.
  5. You have the right to make an expressed wish regarding the disclosure of your health information. A custodian is required to consider your concerns before disclosing your health information.
  6. You have a right to request an independent review of decisions made by a custodian with regards to access to your information or a correction or amendment to your health information, within 60 days of being notified of the decision.

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