Content written by: Lisa Bannerman RO, RCLP, Deputy Registrar
Content originally published as a series of articles in the 2017 editions of The Eighth Line
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In August of 2016, I took a call at the College office from a fellow optician asking me how she would be required to handle a situation in her office that involved a patient file and a possible privacy breach. The story is interesting and worth sharing with all of our members, but before we explain this particular situation in detail, I feel it would be worthwhile to revisit privacy regulations in general.
Understanding Privacy Regulations
After visiting our members during practice reviews, it became clear that a solid understanding of privacy regulations seems to be an area that most opticians are lacking in, and honestly this applies to me too. In order to improve my own understanding, I have done some research and plan to address privacy regulations to try and unravel at least some of their mystery.