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  • Consent means agreement. There are two types of consent: Express Consent and Implied or Implicit Consent. Express Consent means that you have expressed your consent either in writing or by giving verbal instructions. Implied or Implicit Consent means that it is assumed that you agree, because in the situation it is obvious why your personal health information is collected, used or disclosed.
  • Disclosure means to give out or allow information to be seen by a person or organization.
  • Electronic Health Record is a specific term that refers to records of health information that are held in large databases and computer systems which are connected to other computer systems, so that the Electronic Health Record is made up of information from more than one computer system.
  • Electronic Medical Record is a specific term that refers to the computerized version of what used to be the paper record kept by your health care provider.  This term is generally used to describe your doctor's file if your doctor keeps his or her files electronically.  
  • Health Record is a general term that covers all types of records of health information, both written on paper or held in computers.
  • Health Care Provider in this website, we use the term Health Care Provider to include all providers of health care, whether or not they work for a hospital or health authority or care centre or other government agency, or in a private practice or business.
  • "Health Information Bank".  This is a computer database containing personal health information which has been specifically designated by the Minister of Health, under the B.C.  E-Health Act, as a "health information bank."  A database can be designated as a health information bank only if certain requirements of the E-Health Act are met.  
  • "HIBs" is an abbreviation for Health Information Bank.
  • Independent Health Care Provider in this website we use the term Independent Health Care Provider when we are talking about a health care provider that is in private practice or business and is not working for a hospital or health authority or care centre or other public body.
  • MSP  is the abbreviation for Medical Services Plan, the BC health insurance plan. 
  • Personal Health Information means information about an identifiable individual's health and includes information about the individual's health care providers, health numbers (such as care card number) and insurance.
  • Privacy Officer is a job title for the position in an organization that is responsible for ensuring that the organization is compliant with the privacy laws that apply to the organization.
  • Provincial Lab Information Solution or PLIS is the centralized computerized record-keeping system for storing and accessing all lab tests results done in BC, as part of British Columbia's Electronic Health Record.  Health care providers, system administrators and others with lawful authority across BC have access to the records on PLIS.   PLIS will also enable the collection, use and disclosure of laboratory information for the purpose of analyzing and managing chronic diseases in BC. 
  • Public Body  is defined in the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act  and includes a long list of British Columbia government entities, agencies and organizations, listed in Schedule 2 and Schedule 3 of the Act. Some of these are:
    • a Ministry of the government of British Columbia
    • A health authority and all hospitals and clinics operated by a health authority
    • a social services body
    • an educational body such as a university, college, public school or school board
    • the governing bodies of certain professions (such as the College of Physicians and Surgeons)
    • a BC agency, board, commission, society, council, program, foundation or similar organization
  • Unauthorized means without having the necessary authority or permission 
  • Stewardship Purpose: This term is defined in the Ministry of Health Act to mean any of the following purposes: (a) to develop, operate, monitor or evaluate a program or activity authorized under a health enactment;  (b) to exercise powers or perform duties of the minister under an enactment; (c) to engage in health systems planning, maintenance or improvement;(d) to conduct or facilitate research into health issues;  (e) to monitor or evaluate a health care body;  or (f) a prescribed purpose