Frequently Asked Questions

Why does Inscyte not require patient consent to collect personal health information?

Inscyte Corporation in respect of CytoBase is a prescribed person under regulation 329/04 of Ontario's Personal Health Information Protection Act, 2004. This designation permits Inscyte to collect personal health information without patient consent because the collection and use of this information, under strictly regulated terms and conditions, is deemed to be for the public good.

Can I "opt out" of the data collection and have my records removed from CytoBase?

No. There is no mechanism for individual patients to opt out of CytoBase. The completeness of historical data on each and every patient is essential to maintaining equitable high-quality healthcare services with respect to cervical cancer screening, follow-up and treatment.

What information is stored in CytoBase?

CytoBase stores information on the results of cervical cancer screening tests performed by the member laboratories. This includes information about the patient, when and where the test was performed, the ordering physician and the pathologist responsible for the results. Detailed information about the content of the database can be found on the Data Dictionary page.

Who provides the information for CytoBase?

Medical laboratories that are members of Inscyte send cervical cancer screening test results to CytoBase over a secure network on an on-going basis as tests are performed. Current member laboratories are listed on the About Inscyte page.

Can I get access to my own test results?

No. Inscyte Corporation cannot release test results to an individual patient because CytoBase is not a laboratory reporting service (laboratories report your results directly to your doctor). However, Inscyte can provide a summary of what kind of information is stored about you in CytoBase. To do so, you must fill out a Request Form and submit it in writing to our Privacy Officer together with proof of your identity.

How is CytoBase information used?

CytoBase information is used to improve the quality and accuracy of cervical cancer screening tests, follow-up, and treatment. Specific information about how the information is used can be found on the About CytoBase page.

Can CytoBase information be used for commercial purposes?

No. Inscyte Corporation will not use your personal health information for commercial purposes and will not disclose your personal health information to any party for commercial purposes. The use of CytoBase information is strictly regulated. Specific information about how the information is used can be found on the About CytoBase page.

How long is the information in CytoBase retained?

CytoBase information is retained in perpetuity because cervical cancer is a slowly progressing disease. As such, historical screening test results are relevant to determining the progression of the disease and its characteristics. As well, historical patterns of cervical cancer screening, test regimens, and other factors are relevant to understanding the efficacy of cervical cancer screening, follow-up, and treatment, so that managing the burden of cervical cancer in the population as a whole can be improved on an on-going basis.

Can CytoBase information be used for research and/or cohort studies?

No. The use of CytoBase information is strictly regulated. At this time, Inscyte Corporation is not permitted to use CytoBase personal health information for research on individuals or in cohort studies or for clinical trials. However, Inscyte Corporation is permitted to compile de-identified and aggregated statistics describing patterns in cervical cancer screening, test regimens, and other factors to better understand the epidemiology of cervical disease.

How can I file a privacy complaint or challenge?

If you feel that the Inscyte Corporation or one of its agents have not been complying with its Privacy Code, you can download a copy of our Compliance Challenge Form in PDF and send it to the attention of the Privacy Officer at the address listed on the Contact Information page. The complaint must include the date of the complaint, sufficient detail of the issues so the complaint can be investigated, and your full contact information.