The health information in the Québec Health Record (QHR) can be released on request to authorized providers and bodies in accordance with their access authorization. Under the law and regulations, it remains available for a maximum of seven years.
Use of information obtained from the Québec Health Record and entered in the local record
Information obtained from the QHR and entered in the local record may not be released to anyone else without your written consent. However, it may be released, without your consent, to prevent an act of violence or where there is a serious risk of death or severe injury giving rise to an emergency situation.
When an authorized provider provides health or social services, they can add information obtained through the QHR to your local medical record, for example, your record in a family medicine group (FMG). This addition is then protected by the rules of confidentiality that apply to the local record.
Even if you have given your consent, your health information may not be transmitted, in whole or in part, to:
A person or a partnership who does verifications or acts as an expert, for example, a physician with the Société de l’assurance automobile du Québec (SAAQ) or the Commission des normes, de l’équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail (CNESST)
Anyone for the purposes of a contract that requires an assessment of your health, for example an insurance contract or an employment contract