B.C. Health Information Standards
Establishing an electronic health record that provides clinicians with access to longitudinal patient information at the point of care, and that allows patients to access their own health information, is a strategic priority in British Columbia. This will involve connecting health information systems across the continuum of care – including electronic medical record systems, clinical information systems and provincial eHealth systems.
Making clinical information available electronically to clinicians and patients offers the potential to transform how care is delivered. In particular, it is critical for continuity of patient care and advanced clinical decision support functionality within hospital and primary care systems.
Health information standards are a cornerstone of electronic health information exchange because they establish consistency in documenting, exchanging, and interpreting a patient’s health information. Health information standards come in many forms such as data format standards, clinical terminologies standards and technical messaging standards. To learn about health information standards in B.C., please refer to the standards catalogue.
The Province operates a number of health information exchange services, which allow point of service applications to exchange patient information with the clinical information repositories and registries. Organizations interested in developing interfaces to these health information exchange services need to review the integration process. The conformance standards are also available in the standards catalogue.