PHIA requires that all University of Manitoba employees, students, or agents who handle or are exposed to personal health information take PHIA Orientation and sign a pledge of confidentiality that acknowledges that they are bound by written policy and procedures.
The Access & Privacy Office offers online PHIA training for faculty, staff, students and researchers of the University of Manitoba. The Online PHIA Training Modules are self-directed training tools designed to educate and inform members of the University community about their responsibilities under The Personal Health Information Act (PHIA) and to enable participants to sign the Pledge of Confidentiality.
Does your research use personal health information or computerized health care utilization files (“administrative health information”) collected as part of the use of Manitoba's health care system or held by a government department or agency?
If it does, you must contact the government department or crown agency (e.g. Manitoba Health) that holds the records. Government departments require the approval of the Health Information Privacy Committee (HIPC) under The Personal Health Information Act to disclose personal health information to third parties for the purpose of research.
HIPC will review the research proposal to:
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Health Information Privacy Committee at (204) 786-7204 or, by email, at email@example.com.
The HIPC application form is available at http://www.gov.mb.ca/health/hipc
The Manitoba Centre for Health Policy provides the Population Health Research Data Repository. This site provides information on gaining access, approvals and example sample submissions for HIPC and HREB submissions.
CIHR Best Practices for Protecting Privacy in Health Research
Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA)
Personal Health Information Act of Manitoba (PHIA)
Personal Information Protections and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA)