A new fee will be levied on medical data, starting in July.
The new fee applies to both new and existing records.
The fee will apply to new and archived medical records, which includes all records from medical providers, hospital and physician associations, as well as any information stored on medical devices or medical devices and devices from suppliers, such as digital health devices and related accessories, which are not yet covered under Medicare.
The information will be stored by the government.
“Medical records will now be held by the Government of Canada, not by individuals or third parties,” said Health Minister Jane Philpott in a statement.
“This new system will help us to ensure that Canadians receive the best possible information and support.”
The new policy will also create an independent body, the Medical Data Privacy Review Committee, to review and provide recommendations on the new system, which will also be implemented in a phased manner.
Health Minister Philptt said that the new fee would be phased in over time.
“We have to be careful that this is not a system that is imposed as a blanket, permanent fee,” she said.
“It will be gradually phased in.”
The government has been looking at new ways to protect Canadians from information thieves.
Earlier this year, Health Minister Peter MacKay announced the creation of a new Privacy Commissioner for Health.
This person will review privacy laws and practices and make recommendations on how to improve them.
The government said it will also review existing privacy laws to ensure Canadians are receiving the information they need.
The Canadian Medical Association, the nation’s largest professional medical association, has also endorsed the new policy.
“If we want to do something to protect people, we have to protect them against their own personal data being stolen, so it’s important to protect the data,” said CMA president Dr. Frank Seselj.
“I am a big fan of the privacy commissioner, so I think it is an important first step to ensure the privacy protections we need in order to get to where we want us to be.”
Health Minister MacKay’s announcement follows the release of a report by the Privacy Commissioner, which detailed the privacy and data security needs of Canada’s medical sector.
The report recommended that the Government set up a new privacy commissioner and appoint a senior privacy officer to oversee the privacy practices of the medical industry.
The department said that it would review the Privacy Commissioners report and other relevant documents in order that it can provide better privacy advice to the medical profession.
The Health Department said it is also introducing a new national digital health plan, which is expected to be implemented by the end of 2018.
The program will cover electronic health records, devices and medical devices, as opposed to medical records and other records held in electronic format.