Case Note 211472 [2010] NZPrivCmr 2: Woman’s health information released by District Health Board to Ministry of Health

A woman complained that a District Health Board had provided her anonymised health information to the Ministry of Health as part of statistical information concerning serious and sentinel events within the DHB. The information was published by the Ministry of Health and resulted in the woman’s anonymised health information being published in a local newspaper. The woman considered that the information released by the DHB enabled her to be identified. Rule 11 Rule 11 of the Health Information Privacy Code places limits on the disclosure of information. A health agency may disclose health information where it believes on reasonable grounds that one of the exceptions set out in rule 11(1) applies. Disclosure is also allowed under rule 11(2) in a number of other circumstances, but only where it is not desirable or practicable to obtain authorisation from the individual.The DHB advised us that as part of the annual reporting requirements…

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