Bulletin – Keeping Patient Data in EMRs Private


Protecting the privacy of personal information is a fundamental right of individuals and a principle enshrined in Canadian law. OntarioMD takes the privacy and security of patient data stored in electronic medical records (EMRs) very seriously.

EMRs contain a rich array of personal health information (PHI) and personal information (PI). This information is critical to the provision of care to patients. As the foremost authority on EMRs in Ontario, OntarioMD has worked with physicians and EMR vendors to ensure that the EMRs it certifies through its comprehensive, industry-leading EMR Certification and Specification Programs, are responsive to the requirement that the privacy and security of PHI and PI be an absolute requirement.