The Regulation of Personal Health Record Systems in Canada

Canadian Journal of Law and Technology, Vol. 8, No. 2, 2010

34 Pages Posted: 22 Dec 2010 Last revised: 10 Feb 2018

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James Bryan Williams

University of Toronto - Department of Computer Science; Google Inc.; York University - Osgoode Hall Law School

Jens H. Weber-Jahnke

University of Victoria - Faculty of Engineering

Date Written: December 15, 2010

Abstract

The term ‘personal health record’ (PHR) refers to a family of systems that empower patients to manage their own individual health information. Recently introduced into the marketplace, PHR systems have significant implications for health care delivery in Canada. This paper contains a rigorous introduction to the online PHR, including the issues, benefits and risks inherent in the use of these systems. The main contribution of the paper is an analysis of the status of private sector PHR systems under Canada’s current regulatory environment. Our claim is that these increasingly popular applications are subject to a regulatory regime that fails to address several key issues.

Keywords: Personal Health Record, PHR, Information Technology Law, Canadian Health Care, Health Information Privacy

Suggested Citation

Williams, James Bryan and Weber-Jahnke, Jens H., The Regulation of Personal Health Record Systems in Canada (December 15, 2010). Canadian Journal of Law and Technology, Vol. 8, No. 2, 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1726214

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