The Quality of Care Information Protection Act is to improve the identification and investigation of critical incidents, understand the causes, and implement changes for future prevention.
The Act stipulates discussions related to critical incidents are confidential to create a “safe place” to share speculations and promote transparency.
While some feel the Quality of Care Information Protection Act is working well, others have raised concerns it prevents patients and families from being fully informed and that it inhibits information sharing among institutions in Ontario.
The Minister of Health and Long-Term Care selected a committee to review the Act, with the support of Health Quality Ontario.
After reviewing the policy and consulting with patients and professional experts, the Committee developed a report to advise the Minister on ways to improve the interpretation and implementation of the Quality of Care Information Protection Act.
The Committee’s recommendations were accepted and a number of initiatives are underway to implement them, including the passage of the new Health Information Protection Act (HIPA) in May 2016.
For more information, contact QualityReviews@HQOntario.ca.
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