What Are The Privacy Considerations For IMEs In Calgary?

Brief Overview:When it comes to Independent Medical Evaluations (IMEs) in Calgary, privacy considerations are of utmost importance. As a leading provider of disability management services, Rapid Interactive Disability Management (RIDM) understands the significance of safeguarding personal information during IMEs. Here are five key facts regarding privacy considerations for IMEs in Calgary:

1. Consent: Before conducting an IME, the consent of the individual being evaluated is essential. They must understand and provide informed consent for their personal health information to be shared with the medical expert carrying out the evaluation.

2. Confidentiality: All personal health information disclosed during an IME is protected by strict confidentiality rules prescribed by relevant privacy laws and regulations in Calgary.

3. Limited Access: Only authorized personnel involved directly with the evaluation process should have access to the individual’s personal health information provided during an IME.

4. Secure Storage: Personal health records collected during an IME must be securely stored to prevent unauthorized access or disclosure, using proper encryption methods and secure infrastructure.

5. Retention Period: The duration for which personal health information collected during an IME should be retained varies depending on applicable legislation and organizational policies ensuring compliance with best practices within Calgary’s jurisdiction.


1. What safeguards are in place to protect my personal health information?

Rapid Interactive Disability Management (RIDM) employs stringent measures such as encryption techniques, restricted access protocols, physical security measures, and ongoing staff training programs to ensure your personal health information remains private and secure throughout all stages of IMEs.

2. Can I refuse consent for my personal health information to be shared during an IME?

Yes, you can refuse consent; however, this may result in limitations or potential delays when it comes to evaluating your disability claim accurately and efficiently.

3. Who has access to my personal health records acquired through an IME?

Only authorized professionals directly involved in evaluating your disability claim will have secured access to your personal health records. RIDM ensures that information is shared on a strict “need-to-know” basis.

4. How long does RIDM retain my personal health information collected during an IME?

RIDM adheres to applicable legislation and organizational policies when determining the retention period for personal health information obtained during an IME, ensuring compliance with privacy best practices in Calgary.

5. What happens if there is a breach of confidentiality regarding my personal health information?

In the unlikely event of a breach, RIDM has established comprehensive incident response protocols to address any potential breaches promptly. These measures prioritize timely communication, containment, investigation, and remedial action in line with regulatory requirements.

6. Can I request access to my personal health records collected during an IME?

Yes, under privacy laws in Calgary, you have the right to make such requests and receive copies of your personal health records acquired through the IME process.

7. Are there any circumstances where my consent may not be required for sharing personal health information during an IME?

There are limited situations where consent may not be required or waived under specific legislative frameworks or court orders; however, these instances are subject to strict legal guidelines and protections within Calgary’s jurisdiction.

Privacy considerations play a crucial role in Independent Medical Evaluations (IMEs) conducted by RIDM in Calgary. Safeguards are implemented at every step – from obtaining informed consent to secure storage and authorized access protocols – ensuring that all personal health information remains confidential throughout the evaluation process. Compliant with relevant legislation and employing rigorous security measures, RIDM upholds privacy best practices while delivering defensible assessment services for employers, insurance companies, and the legal community across Canada