Saskatchewan and Alberta to use COACH
COACH, Canada’s Health Informatics Association,
has announced the signing of a three-year agreement for the
province–wide use and distribution of the COACH Guidelines for the
Protection of Health Information with the Ministries of Health in the
provinces of Saskatchewan and Alberta.
This agreement provides both provinces with broad use of the Guidelines
for their public healthcare organizations, and in one province, the same
use also for their private-sector health organizations.
Saskatchewan is using the Guidelines as a resource in addressing the
need for sound and consistent processes for healthcare privacy
protection and sees particular value in the fact that the COACH
Guidelines have been developed through pan-Canadian consensus and
tailored for healthcare settings.
Saskatchewan will use the COACH Guidelines as an educational tool and as
a starting point for the privacy and security templates being developed
through their CIO Forum, with CIOs, privacy officers and security
specialists in their health regions.
The Guidelines for the Protection of Health Information are a practical
and easy-to-use set of guidelines that embody the tenets of privacy
legislation and principles accepted across the country. The wording and
content of the Guidelines are aligned with national and international
standards, such as the CSA Code and ISO 17799 and are health specific.
“These Guidelines support the policies of Alberta and provide an
implementation guide usable by all providers and organizations in our
province,” says Mark Brisson of the Alberta Ministry of Health and
Wellness. “COACH brings strong credibility through these national
guidelines to our privacy and security implementation work here in
Alberta and we are very pleased to provide the guidelines to all our
healthcare facilities and providers.”
The Guidelines are available from COACH to any and all jurisdictions
under a license agreement that provides a subscription to the Guidelines
content with annual updates fully available as part of the multi-year
agreement. Watch for more upcoming announcements on the recent 2006
For more information please contact COACH at 1 (888) 253-8554.
COACH, Canada’s Health Informatics Association is dedicated to promoting
a clear understanding of health informatics within the Canadian health
system through information sharing, networking, education, conferences
and communication. COACH has a membership of almost 900 individuals who
range form healthcare executives, physicians, nurses and allied health
professionals, researchers and educators to CIO’s information managers,
technical experts, consultants, and information technology vendors.
Organizations represented cover the full range of healthcare services
delivery, government and non-government agencies, consulting firms,
commercial providers of information and telecommunications technologies
and educational institutions.