Caring for your personal information
Interior Health is committed to protecting your privacy.
Collection and use of your personal information
Information privacy is everybody's responsibility at Interior Health. In virtually every interaction across our health authority, someone is collecting, using, or sharing information, much of it personal and confidential.
When you receive care or services from Interior Health, staff, physicians, and other authorized individuals will collect personal information from you. We collect, use, and share this information under the authority of a variety of legislation within British Columbia, including the BC Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, E-Health Act, Health Authorities Act, Hospital Act, and other legislation (i.e., Hospital Insurance Act, Community Care and Assisted Living Act, Health Act, Public Health Act, and Mental Health Act).
Interior Health recognizes the sensitivity of your personal health information and is committed and legally bound by FIPPA to protect your privacy. That means we will treat your personal information confidentially; only use and share it for authorized purposes; and securely store and protect it.
Authorization from other individuals
In some cases, your family, friends, or a legally-authorized representative may provide us with personal information about you or we may obtain copies of records from other health-care organizations. We may also obtain information from other external sources (for example copies of records or test results), or from the Ministry of Health (for example, to confirm your identity and personal health number).
Refer to our Privacy Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for more information.