Government of Yukon

December 19, 2013

Legislation will help protect personal health information

WHITEHORSE—An important step toward ensuring the protection of Yukoners’ personal health information was passed in the Yukon Legislative Assembly last week.

“The Health Information Privacy and Management Act aims to raise the bar on privacy and security of personal health information,” Minister of Health and Social Services Doug Graham said. “It will also make sure that our health care providers have the necessary access to information that will support improvements to the care they provide to all Yukoners now and in the future.”

Establishing this act will move Yukon one step closer to improved health services by implementing electronic health records standards.

“This legislation represents a modern, comprehensive approach to ensuring the Yukon health care sector maintains a strong and effective culture of privacy and security of personal health information,” Graham added.

The Department of Health and Social Services began work on this complex piece of legislation in 2009 and worked closely with key stakeholders, including the Yukon Medical Association, the Yukon Registered Nurses Association, the Council of Yukon First Nations’ Health Commission, Yukon Hospital Corporation and pharmacists.

The Information and Privacy Commissioner was also involved in the process.

The act will be proclaimed after the health care sector has had time to adjust their operations, where necessary, to comply with the new law.



Elaine Schiman
Cabinet Communications

Nicole Goulah
Communications, Health and Social Services

News Release #13-323