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 November 21, 2009  Posted by  Non-U.S.

I’ve been covering this over on PHIprivacy.net, but since it also involves law enforcement, thought I should mention this here, too.

Jason van Rassel reports:

Alberta’s privacy commissioner is raising concerns about changes that will allow first responders to share patient information, but Calgary’s police chief said Friday they’re a necessary protection for the public.

The proposed legislation is designed to allow police and paramedics to share information at the scene of an incident without a patient’s consent.

The government introduced the Emergency Health Services Amendment Act in response to concerns from police that another piece of legislation–the Health Information Act–was preventing paramedics from sharing information vital to criminal investigations.

Read more in the Calgary Herald.

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