Privacy Statement

The Health Quality Council (HQC) is an independent agency that measures and reports on quality of care in Saskatchewan, promotes improvement, and engages its partners in building a better health system. The Quality Summit website is a provincial resource that contains information provided by provincial health care organizations and regional health care authorities.

HQC’s operations, including this web site and our collection, use, disclosure and retention of information, must comply with the provisions of the Local Authority Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and the Health Information Protection Act (HIPA). Provincial health care organizations participating on the Quality Summit website also operate under the provisions of the Local Authority Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and HIPA. HQC is not responsible for the adherence of these provincial health care organizations to the provisions of the Local Authority Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act or to HIPA or is HQC responsible for the accuracy of the information provided by provincial health care organizations or their use of the information on the website.

Users of Quality Summit may be asked to voluntarily provide personal information through the completion of electronic forms on the web site. This information is collected and maintained in compliance with the Local Authority Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and HIPA. Personal information collected is used only for the purpose(s) for which it was collected, and HQC does not disclose this information to other organizations or individuals, except as authorized by law.

Employees of provincial health organizations may have user accounts on the site. Such users may be asked to voluntarily provide personal information through the completion of electronic forms on the web site. Information collected not deemed personal information may be shared with an employer upon request, except where limited by the Local Authority Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and HIPA.

Quality Summit Website

When users visit the Quality Summit website, the server will automatically collect and retain a limited amount of information essential to the efficient operation of the site. These web log files help us determine the areas of our web site that are being viewed the most and provide us with statistical reports that are used to help us improve our site. Information about a site user is collected and may include, but not be limited to include:

  • Internet Protocol (IP) address and hostname of your computer
  • The type of browser used (e.g. Internet Explorer, Netscape Navigator)
  • Computer’s operating system (e.g. Microsoft Windows 2000, Microsoft Windows XP Pro)
  • Referral Site (the site you came from when you entered our site)
  • The date and time of your visit
  • Requested filenames, query string and bytes sent for the request
  • Request protocol (e.g. HTTP, HTTPS), request method (E.g. POST, GET)
  • Requested server port
  • Status of your request

HQC uses Google Analytics to gather statistics on its web site and related applications. This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics uses “cookies”, which are text files placed on your computer, to help the website analyse how users use the site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity for website operators and providing other services relating to website activity and internet usage. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google’s behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser. By using this website, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner and for the purposes set out above. For more information on Google Analytics, please visit Google’s web site at http://www.google.com/analytics/

Employees’ Responsibilities

The employees of the HQC are responsible for maintaining the confidentially of all personal and personal health information to which they have access. As a condition of employment all employees, on an annual basis, are required to sign a confidentially agreement binding them to this responsibility.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding privacy policies and procedures at the HQC, please contact our office at (306) 668-8810 or by email.