May 19, 2020
Noel Courage and Amanda Branch coauthored an article "Making More COVID-19 Data Available - Privacy and the Sharing of Patient Data in COVID-19 Healthcare", published by LexisNexis.
Canadian institutions and companies are subject to federal and provincial laws relating to the collection, use and disclosure of personal information. Personal information is broadly defined as information about an identifiable individual and could potentially include de-identified information if it could be readily rendered identifiable. These laws are particularly strict for highly sensitive personal health information. It is easy to understand why data is generally kept confidential and privacy is paramount in a health-care context (click here for our earlier article). There are compelling reasons why more data needs to urgently be made publicly available in a pandemic, while respecting individual patient privacy.
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This article was first published by Bereskin & Parr LLP on March 31, 2020.