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Release of Information

Course name

Release of Information

Course description Release of Information provides guidance to people involved with the disclosure of confidential patient information to ensure that health information continues to be safeguarded and is only disclosed to authorized requestors in accordance with B.C. legislation and local health care/organizational policies and procedures.
Course number HDCR 550
Learning objectives By the end of the course, students will
  • differentiate between confidentiality, privacy and security
  • describe why there is a need to protect patient information and the consequences of breaching confidentiality
  • state when heath information can be disclosed/released
  • understand key legal and ROI terms associated with release of health information
  • identify the legislation that supports decisions to disclose or not disclose health information
  • apply the principles of “balancing right of access” to “need for confidentiality” as outlined in B.C.’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FIPPA) legislation
  • apply strategies to determine the validity of the
    • request for health information
    • authorization form
  • determine whether patient authorization is required in order to release health information
  • apply criteria to determine extent of information to be disclosed including severing
  • respond appropriately to a variety of requests for information received in different formats (verbal/fax/phone/mail/electronic)
Tuition $223
  • Grade 12 or equivalent including English 12 with a C or equivalent
  • Minimum 1 year full-time (or equivalent) experience in a health record department or related area (2 years or more experience is preferred)
  • Typing 45 wpm
Course content
  • Key concepts and principles related to individual access to personal health information
  • Managing and responding to requests for health information for a variety of purposes including individual, direct patient care, secondary and legal
  • Concepts of fair information practices
  • Relevant legal terminology and B.C. legislation with emphasis on the Freedom of Information & Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA)
  • Application of policies, practices and tools used to manage the disclosure/ release of information, consent/authorization management practices
  • Logging and tracking release of information requests
  • Severing of health information (when/what/how)
  • Producing letters and invoices
  • Personal responsibility and accountability for maintaining confidentiality of health information
Learning resources All course materials are available online via Blackboard.
Instruction method
  • Interactive online program delivered using Blackboard
Assignments and due dates
  • 9 assignments
  • Final exam
Grading Minimum grade to pass is 70 percent.
A Continuing Education course certificate is issued on successful completion.
Completion timeframe 7 weeks (45 hours) from registration date

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