Conformance Standards

Organizations interested in developing interfaces to the ministry's health information exchange services must comply with the Professional and Software Conformance Standards for Electronic Health Information Exchange ("Conformance Standards") published by the ministry.

The Conformance Standards include business, application, change management, privacy and security rules, and message specifications for connecting to ministry health information exchange services.

Electronic health information in the following ministry services is available to points of service:

Organizations developing interfaces for medical practices (electronic medical record systems) must review and ensure they meet the electronic medical record requirements.

Read the following volumes for a quick orientation to the Conformance Standards, which are from the full package.

The following Conformance Standards are the latest published release.

 

Conformance Volumes

Points of Service

 

Medical Practice

Pharmacy

Health Authority

Volume 1 - Introduction and Overview
Provides an overview of the exchange of electronic health information with ministry services. Includes an outline of the conformance volume set, and guidance on the intended audience and use of each volume.

Volume 2 - Conformance Processes
Explains the processes and requirements for organizations to access ministry electronic health information exchange services. It includes the conformance evaluation process, roles and responsibilities, organization requirements for registration, legal agreements, network and connectivity, and ongoing system management.

Volume 3 - Business Rules
Defines the business rules for point of service users who access ministry electronic health information exchange services.

     
  • 3 General - All Points of Service

  • 3A - Medical Practice

   
  • 3B - Community Pharmacy 
    <under development>
 

 
  • 3C - Health Authority 
    <under development>
   

Volume 4 - Application Enforced Rules
Defines the application rules that must be enforced by point of service systems when accessing ministry electronic health information exchange services.

Volume 4 Supplement - HL7 Message Specifications
Each Volume 4B - E is supplemented by the HL7 technical specifications for message interactions, message construction and markup rules. 

     
  • 4A - General POS System Rules

  • 4B - Client Registry

 

  • 4C - PharmaNet 
    <under development>

  • 4D - Provider Registry

 

  • 4E - Provincial Laboratory Information Solution
    <under development>

 

Volume 5 - Transport Protocols
Provides an overview of the technical mechanisms by which point of service systems connect to ministry health information exchange services. Volumes 5A and B are supplemented by technical specifications for message interactions, message construction and markup rules.

     
  • 5A - Health Information Access Layer (HIAL)
    The HIAL enforces security and access policy; provides consent and disclosure management; and log and audit capability.

 

  • 5B - HNSecure
    HNSecure (inclusive of HNClient, HNServer/HNGate, HNGard) performs encryption/decryption, authentication and message routing services.
 

 

Volume 6 - Change Management and Training
Software organization requirements for the training and education of users who access/ exchange information with ministry health information exchange services.

     
  • 6 - Development and Delivery

  • 6 General- All Points of Service
    <under development>

  • 6A - Medical Practice

   
  • 6B - Community Pharmacy
    <under development>
 

 
  • 6C - Health Authority
    <under development>
   

Volume 7 - Information Privacy - Health Authorities
The privacy controls health authorities and users must comply with to access ministry electronic health information exchange services. This volume is used for completing privacy impact assessments and security, threat and risk assessments.

   

Volume 8 - Information Security - Health Authorities
The information security controls health authorities must comply with to access ministry electronic health information exchange services. This volume is used for completing privacy impact assessments and security, threat and risk assessments.

   

Volume 9 - Information Privacy and Security
The information privacy and security controls community point of service software organizations must comply with to access ministry electronic health information exchange services.

 

Glossary of Terms
Glossary of the terms and acronyms used throughout the Conformance Standards.

Other Development Resources

The following development resources are available for other services not included in the Conformance Standards above.

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Conformance Standards Support

For more information about the Conformance Standards, please email Conformance and Integration Services at HLTH.CISSupport@gov.bc.ca.