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  1. What information does the QHR give access to?
  2. What information is not collected by the QHR?
  3. Is participation in the QHR mandatory?
  4. Who would have access to the information gathered by the QHR?
  5. Can authorized individuals automatically see all the information gathered by the QHR?
  6. Can I find out who has consulted any information on me in the QHR which concerns me?
  7. Can I consult information collected by the QHR that concerns me? Can I get a copy?
  8. Can I consult the information that concerns me via the Internet?
  9. How can I get a copy of the information pamphlet?
  10. How can I get a copy of the refusal form?
  11. Is the information that is held in the QHR database protected if there is a computer system failure?
  12. Can I decide which information concerning me may be consulted by the QHR?
  13. Can I choose the health professionals who are to be authorized to consult information concerning me?
  14. What do I need to do to participate in the QHR?
  15. Do my clinic, my pharmacy and my FMG (family medicine group) need to be connected to the QHR for me to benefit from its advantages?
  16. What are the differences between the Computerized Clinical File (Dossier clinique infomatisé-DCI), the Electronic Medical File (Dossier médical électronique-DMÉ), and the QHR?
  17. What is the role of Canada Health Infoway (Inforoute Santé Canada) in the QHR?

How can I get a copy of the information pamphlet?

You can download the information pamphlet in the Documentation section. You can also get a copy by communicating with Services Québec who will have the requested document sent to you.

To reach Services Québec: 514 644-4545 (Montreal region), 418 644-4545 (Québec region) or 1 877 644-4545 (toll-free).  For those who are hard-of-hearing, deaf or speech impaired (ATS, toll-free): 1 800 361-9596.

Can I decide which information concerning me may be consulted by the QHR?

No. The clinicians who consult the information concerning you need the information to be as complete as possible in order to make the best decisions with respect to you.

Can I choose the health professionals who are to be authorized to consult information concerning me?

No. The law designates the persons who are authorized to consult the QHR. Consult the section: Who has access to information collected by the QHR?

What are the differences between the computerized clinical file (Dossier Clinique infomatisé-DCI), the electronic medical file (Dossier médical électronique-DMÉ), and the QHR?

The Computerized Clinical File (DCI) and the Electronic Medical File (DMÉ) are local electronic files, which means patient files found either in an health care facility (hospital, CLSC, etc.), as is the case of the DCIs, or in a doctor's office, as is the case of the DMÉs. The DCIs replace the paper patient files in health care facilities, while the DMÉs replace the paper patient files in clinics and doctors’ offices.

More specifically, a DCI is a computerized patient file, held by a health health care facility. This file contains all the information which has been given by the clinicians of this health care facility about patient consultations, treatments, and hospitalizations. The access to the information contained in a DCI is limited to these clinicians, health care teams, and to the patient himself, unless this patient has given consent for others to also have access.

The DMÉ is a computerized patient file, kept by a doctor in his office or in the clinic where he works. This file contains all the information given by the doctor about his patient. Access to the information contained in a DMÉ is limited to this doctor, the treating team and the patient himself, unless the patient has given consent for others to have access.

Unlike the DCI and the DMÉ, the QHR is not a complete medical file. It doesn't replace DCIs or DMÉs nor paper files.

Instead, QHR is a tool which enables the collection of certain data of health information and which holds this information in a highly-secure data bank. The QHR also grants access, to those who are authorized, to consult this information, except in the cases where people who have shown refusal.

What is the role of Canada Health Infoway (Inforoute Santé Canada) in the QHR?

Canada Health Infoway is responsible for attributing to the provinces the allocated funds by the federal government (2.1 billion dollars since 2001) in order to encourage and accelerate the undertaking and adoption of health information technologies of which is the Canada-wide, shared electronic health file. Canada Health Infoway is to contribute the amount of 303 million dollars to the financing of the QHR.