Health Information Act Resources

Amendments to Alberta's Health Information Act:
What it means to RN/NPs

The Health Information Act (HIA) deals with complex issues concerning the collection, use, disclosure and protection of health information used in the health-care system. On September 1, 2010 amendments to Alberta's HIA came into force. Until the most recent amendments, the Act only applied to health services paid for under the Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan. Under the amended Act, the Act applies to all health information collected, used and disclosed, by custodians, in relation to a health service regardless of how it is paid for. "Health information" and "health services" have specific, defined meanings under the Act.

The associated HIA Regulation designates who are custodians under the Act. Regulated members of specific health professions have been designated as custodians.

The HIA amendments will apply to regulated members of the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CARNA) on September 1, 2011. All regulated members of CARNA will be custodians for the purposes of the HIA unless they are an affiliate of another custodian.

Examples of custodians include:

An "affiliate" is:

an individual employed by a custodian, a person who performs a service for a custodian as an appointee, volunteer or student or under a contract or agency relationship with the custodian, and a health services provider who is exercising the right to admit and treat patients at a hospital as defined in the Hospitals Act.

Resources for RNs and NPs

Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner Educational Resources