Information Access and Disclosure Policy
WA Health creates and collects a vast amount of information, much of which is confidential personal health information. Some information is highly sensitive and is of significant importance to ensuring patient safety and well-being.
WA Health is committed to ensuring that information which supports the provision of health care is readily available to authorised users, when and where it is needed, however confidential information must also be protected from unauthorised access. Generally, tradeoffs must be made between making information available and maintaining patient confidentiality as it is not possible to attain maximal confidentiality and maximal availability simultaneously.
Control mechanisms based on assessed risks, benefits to the community, ethical considerations and legal requirements must be in place for controlling access and disclosure to all information.
The Information Access and Disclosure Policy outlines:
An access model that specifies the types of users that can access WA Health data collections and level of access permitted:
The process for third parties to access WA Health Information;
A disclosure model that outlines the minimum approval levels for releasing information to authorised end users, internal and external to WA Health; and
Information disclosure principles which Data Custodians must observe when disclosing WA Health information.
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH WA
This circular last updated: Friday, 3 February 2012 at 3:02pm