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Code of ethics

The Canadian College of Health Information Management’s code of ethics was created to guide the ethical conduct of health information professionals in Canada. It identifies the morals, values, and principles that members of the health information industry must uphold. What the code of ethics is not able to do is guarantee ethical behaviour.

It is the responsibility of each member to:

  1. Strive, at all times, to provide services consistent with quality health care promotion and prevention.
  2. Strive, at all times, to protect the privacy, security, and confidentiality of health information in any form or medium.
  3. Perform duties diligently and offer only those services for which one is qualified.
  4. Conduct oneself with honour and dignity.
  5. Conduct oneself in an ethical manner consistent with the values of the College: collaboration, systems thinking, leadership, and stewardship. Report any unethical practices to the appropriate authority.
  6. Strive to improve one’s professional knowledge and competence through continuing education and lifelong learning.
  7. Offer leadership and a proactive, innovative approach to advancements in the health information industry.
  8. Abide by the policies and bylaws of the College and actively support its strategic directions.
  9. Support and mentor students, peers, and colleagues to develop and strengthen the workforce and industry.
  10. Respect the dignity and worth of every person.

Interpretation guidelines

Code of ethics and the public

In relation to the public, health information professionals shall:

GuidelineCode(s)
Recognize that health care delivery requires cooperation and communication between agencies.1, 4, 5
Support health care delivery through the preservation and appropriate access and disclosure of information across the continuum of care.1, 2
Respect and protect the confidentiality and privacy of health information.2, 3

Code of ethics and health care providers

In relation to health care providers, health information professionals shall:

Guideline Code(s)
Respect the code of ethics of other professionals as they relate to the privacy and confidentiality of personal health information.2, 5, 10
Assist health care providers in the provision of services related to care delivery, education, and research.1, 3, 4, 5
Disclose to no one, except the proper authorities, any identified or suspected professional misconduct or violation of organizational policy.2, 3, 5
Ensure that the integrity of health information is not compromised.1, 2, 9

Code of ethics and other service providers

In relation to other service providers, health information management professionals shall:

GuidelineCode(s)
Assist service providers in their roles supporting the health system.1, 3, 4, 5
Disclose to no one, except for the proper authorities, any identified or suspected professional misconduct or violation of organizational policy.2, 3, 5

Code of ethics and the employer

In relation to an employer, health information management professionals shall:

GuidelineCode(s)
Fulfill all responsibilities with integrity and discretion.All
Respect the role of the organization in the health care delivery system.1, 4, 9
Respect and acknowledge the role of all participants in the organization.4, 9

Code of ethics and the health information professional

Every health information professional shall:

Guideline Code(s)
Appropriately represent the health information industry to the public.4, 5
Participate in developing and strengthening the health information industry through personal development.6
Participate in developing and strengthening the health information industry through supporting peers and others interested in it.9
Strive to enrich the health information industry through participation in non-traditional health information activities and sharing the knowledge gained.6, 7
Safeguard the public and the industry by reporting members who breach this code of ethics to the College.5, 8

Code of ethics and the Canadian College of Health
Information Management

Each certified member of the College shall:

Guideline Code(s)
Represent truthfully their professional credentials, education, and experience.4, 5, 8
Discharge honourably the responsibilities of any association position to which appointed or elected.4, 5, 8

Revised in 2008