Personal Health Information

As regulated psychologists we are committed to protecting the privacy of your personal health information. We collect, use and disclose the personal health information you entrust to us for a number of purposes, which are summarized in this policy.

All psychologists at our practice and other authorized practice personnel are only authorized to collect, use, and disclose the personal information needed to fulfill their responsibilities and for purposes permitted under Nova Scotia law, in particular the Personal Health Information Act.

The personal health information that we collect may include:
• Your name
• Date of birth
• Provincial health card number
• Address
• Health history
• Other information about the tests, procedures and care you receive

Collection of personal health information

We collect personal health information directly from you or the person acting on your behalf. Sometimes, we ask other health professionals or health-care organizations involved in your care for your personal information to help us provide care to you.

We may collect personal health information from other sources, if the law allows or with your informed consent. Personal health information may be collected and stored in different ways, such as your paper chart, electronic files and images. We collect personal health information as needed to support the services and activities described below.

Uses and disclosures of personal health information

We use and disclose your personal health information in order to:
• Treat and care for you during our involvement with you.
• Help other professionals outside of our practice also involved in your care (e.g., family physician).
• Receive payment for our services from a private insurer or third-party.
• Plan, administer and manage our internal operations.
• Fill other purposes permitted or as required by law e.g. reporting abuse.

Your rights

You may withdraw or withhold your consent for the following uses and disclosures of personal health information and we will do what we can to comply with your wishes:
• Use or disclosure to a specific health professional or health organization involved in your care