The security and confidentiality of your personal health information is very important to us. We have put in place strict security measures, which include sophisticated computer controls and highly secure access systems. The main methods we use to protect your confidentiality are:
1. Your information is stored with all identifying information removed (“de-identified”) – this means any information that can identify you, such as your name and address, date of birth or Health card number is removed from your data and stored separately.
2. All Information is password-protected and encrypted. In order to contact you and to link to your administrative and medical records, we need to be able to identify your information. We do this using a code. Only a limited number of Ontario Health Study staff with access to the code will be able to connect you with any of your information.
3. Access is kept to a minimum. Only a small number of staff members who have signed confidentiality agreements have access to the key code and they only access it for necessary operational purposes. The computers that hold your information are protected by the same kind of encryption technology that is used by banks to protect their customers’ online banking transactions.