Privacy of your personal information is an important part of our office providing you with quality dental care. We understand the importance of protecting your personal information. We are committed to collecting, using and disclosing your personal information responsibly. We also try to be as open and transparent as possible about the way we handle your personal information. It is important to us to provide this service to our patients.
How Our Office Collects, Uses and Discloses Patients’ Personal Information
Our office understands the importance of protecting your personal information. To help you understand how we are doing that, we have outlined here how our office is using and disclosing your information.
This office will collect, use and disclose information about you for the following purposes:
to deliver safe and efficient patient care
to identify and to ensure continuous high quality service
to assess your health needs
to provide health care
to advise you of treatment options
to enable us to contact you
to establish and maintain communication with you
to offer and provide treatment, care and services in relationship to the oral and maxillofacial complex and dental care generally
to communicate with other treating health-care providers, including specialists and general dentists who are the referring dentists and/or peripheral dentists
to allow us to maintain communication and contact with you to distribute health-care information and to book and confirm appointments
to allow us to efficiently follow-up for treatment, care and billing
for teaching and demonstrating purposes on an anonymous basis
to complete and submit dental claims for third party adjudication and payment
to comply with legal and regulatory requirements, including the delivery of patients’
charts and records to the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario in a timely fashion, when required, according to the provisions of the Regulated Health Professions Act
to comply with agreements/undertakings entered into voluntarily by the member with the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario, including the delivery and/or review of patients’ charts and records to the College in a timely fashion for regulatory and monitoring purposes
to permit potential purchasers, practice brokers or advisors to evaluate the dental practice
to allow potential purchasers, practice brokers or advisors to conduct an audit in preparation for a practice sale
to deliver your charts and records to the dentist’s insurance carrier to enable the insurance company to assess liability and quantify damages, if any
to prepare materials for the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board (HPARB)
to invoice for goods and services
to process credit card payments
to collect unpaid accounts
to assist this office to comply with all regulatory requirements
to comply generally with the law
Your information may be accessed by regulatory authorities under the terms of the Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA) for the purposes of the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario fulfilling its mandate under the RHPA, and for the defence of a legal issue.
Our office will not under any conditions supply your insurer with your confidential medical history. In the event this kind of a request is made, we will forward the information directly to you for review, and for your specific consent.
When unusual requests are received, we will contact you for permission to release such information. We may also advise you if such a release is inappropriate.
You may withdraw your consent for use or disclosure of your personal information, and we will explain the ramifications of that decision, and the process.