Your healthcare team collects your personal health information through Your Symptoms Matter to monitor and manage your symptoms. This information may include your name, health card number, symptoms you may be experiencing during your care (for example, nausea or pain), the facility where you are being treated and information about the doctor assessing your symptoms.
You may also be enrolled in Your Symptoms Matter to enter information about the symptoms you are experiencing (for example, your pain level is a “4” on a scale of 0 to 10) through kiosks, desktops or tablets.
In our capacity as a “health information network provider” under the Personal Health Information Protection Act, 2004, Cancer Care Ontario enables participating hospitals and Community Care Access Centres to collect and communicate your information received via Your Symptoms Matter tool.
Cancer Care Ontario collects the same information from healthcare providers via Your Symptoms Matter tool to plan, manage and improve cancer services in the province.
We are permitted to collect, use and disclose the personal health information in our capacity as a “prescribed entity” per section 18 of Regulation 329/04 for the purposes of subsection 45(1) of Personal Health Information Protection Act, 2004.
Visit CCO’s Statement of Information Practices to learn more about our authority to collect and use personal health information.