Canadians’ Perspectives on Digital Health Privacy

November 21, 2022

On behalf of Canada Health Infoway, Leger conducted a survey of 2,010 Canadians about digital health privacy. Infoway has been tracking attitudes, expectations and experiences in digital health privacy in Canada every 5 years since 2007.

This study aims to update this public opinion research by further exploring Canadians’ attitudes, utilization, perceptions and expectations around digital health privacy.

SOME OF THE KEY HIGHLIGHTS OF OUR SURVEY ON DIGITAL HEALTH PRIVACY INCLUDE…

  • Three in ten respondents say their perception of privacy of their personal health information (PHI) does not have any impact on their willingness to use digital health tools.
  • More than half of respondents (56%) believe their health care privacy rights are adequately protected by law. This is even higher among those who have a family doctor. However, only three in ten respondents say they are aware of Canadian privacy laws that protect their personal health information.
  • Respondents have a high level of trust in health care providers to keep their personal health information safe and secure.
  • A majority of the respondents say they would be willing to share their personal health information for secondary purposes.

SURVEY METHODOLOGY

  • An online survey of 2,010 citizens in Canada was conducted from March 8 to March 20, 2022.
  • Using Canadian Census data, weighting was applied according to region, age, and gender to render a representative sample of the Canadian population.
  • A margin of error cannot be associated with a non-probability sample in a panel survey. For comparison purposes, a probability sample of this size would have a margin of error ±2.19%, 19 times out of 20.

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