In effort to continue to prevent and reduce serious harm to the health and safety of Yukoners, enable individuals and organizations to assess whether such risks exists and mitigate them effectively, and ensure open access to records held by the Department of Health and Social Services (HSS) that is in the public interest, the department will be implementing a public-facing COVID-19 dashboard. This dashboard will ensure consistency in data availability, accuracy, and provide the public with clearly defined COVID-19 data that is relevant to the current pandemic and public health needs. The dashboard will leverage an existing information system, ArcGIS. No significant changes to the ArcGIS system will occur.
The COVID-19 dashboard contains both unidentifiable information and possibly identifiable personal health information. The department head is satisfied that open access of the COVID-19 data through the dashboard is in the public interest to make the information available without requiring an access request in accordance with the Access to Information and Privacy Protection Act s.39(c). The decision for unidentifiable information considered:
• Public interest, which is confirmed by the continued and increased volume requests for COVID-19 data by First Nation governments, community leaders, general public, media, and Yukon Government departments.
This decision to include possibly identifiable personal health information considered:
• Prevention or reduction of a risk of serious harm to the health and safety of individuals (Health Information Privacy and Management Act (HIPMA) s.58(h));
• Enabling the assessment of whether a risk of serious harm to the health and safety of individuals (HIPMA s.58(h));
• Potential privacy implications of disclosing information that could possible be re-identified in combination with another information resources (HIPMA s.2 ‘identifying information’, s.14, s.15, and s.16); and
This decision was documented in the Issue Note titled, ‘Updating external data sharing using a COVID-19 dashboard’ and approved by the Deputy Minister of HSS and signed-off by the Minister of HSS on January 5, 2022.