Privacy Impact Assessments (PIAs) and Preliminary Privacy Impact Assessments (PPIAs) 2006-2007

Dental Clinic in Whitehorse (First Nations and Inuit Health Branch)

Health Canada initiated a Privacy Impact Assessment to identify privacy risks associated with its Dental Database Project, a database pertaining to the dental treatment and preventive services delivered under the auspices of Health Canada in First Nations and Inuit communities. The goal of this project is to use care and treatment data collected by dental service providers to manage service delivery within a community and to administer the program.

National Dose Registry (Healthy Environments and Consumer Safety Branch)

The National Dose Registry is a centralized radiation dose record system operated by the Radiation Protection Bureau of Health Canada. It contains the occupational radiation dose records of all monitored radiation workers in Canada from the 1940's to the present. A Privacy Impact Assessment is being completed on the business model, collection, use, retention and disclosure practices and systems that contain this information.

Non-Insured Health Benefit Drug Information Centre (First Nations and Inuit Health Branch)

The Non-Insured Health Benefit Drug Information Centre operates as a toll-free call centre for pharmacists to obtain prior approval for specific types of drugs. Because of its recent relocation, new management and large amount of personal information involved, a Privacy Impact Assessment was undertaken and was recently completed.

Environmental Health Information System (First Nations and Inuit Health Branch)

The Environmental Health Division (First Nations and Inuit Health Branch) plans, develops, implements and evaluates strategies, initiatives and programs to promote and sustain healthy environments for First Nations. One of the program activities consists of day-to-day inspections to gather data require for immediate actions and longer-term interventions. A Privacy Impact Assessment has been completed on a new process to document inspections done in physical facilities using the Environmental Health Information System. This new tool will support inspections done by Regional Environmental Health Officers.

Status Verification System (First Nations and Inuit Health Branch)

To help determine eligibility for Non-Insured Health benefits, First Nations and Inuit Health Branch uses its Status Verification System, a system populated with information from the Department of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada. A Privacy Impact Assessment has been initiated to renew the information sharing agreement between Indian and Northern Affairs Canada and Health Canada.

Drug Information System (First Nation and Inuit Health Branch)

Following a successful pilot project, First Nation and Inuit Health Branch Nursing stations will be equipped with a stand alone Drug Information System to improve pharmaceutical care. The system will support the prescriber by providing a clinical decision support tool and resources such as training and up-to-date information on medications. A Preliminary Privacy Impact Assessment was initiated because the system has the capacity to develop clients' prescription profiles, an electronic feature that was not used during the pilot project.

Drug Treatment Court Information System (Healthy Environments and Consumer Safety)

A new information system will support the Drug Treatment (Courts) Funding Program, which provides federal funding to support the six courts. This is part of Canada's Drug Strategy, which is managed by Justice and Health Canada. The program recently completed a Preliminary Privacy Impact Assessment and is now expected to complete a full Privacy Impact Assessment.

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