B.C.'s eHealth program is about using information technology to provide the best possible patient care.
The Province's eHealth projects bring lab results, diagnostic scans, medication histories, and electronic prescriptions online to help patients anywhere health care is delivered in British Columbia. These projects are being implemented in a gradual, phased approach.
eHealth will implement secure electronic health record systems to:
- Bring better, faster, safer health care to British Columbians by giving authorized health professionals electronic access to secure, complete patient health records when and where they are required for delivering care.
- Assure that access to patient information will be restricted to only those having a legal right and clear need, in accordance with provincial eHealth privacy protection policies.
- eHealth will provide health information online to reduce delays, errors, test duplication and financial and environmental costs.
Benefits of eHealth
The pressures on our health care system are intense, and will only increase in the future. Introducing eHealth to B.C.’s health care system can help to alleviate some of these pressures. Learn more about how eHealth will help British Columbians.
Components of eHealth
B.C’s eHealth project is made up of many components that work together to help realize the full benefits of eHealth. Learn more about these components.
Delivery of eHealth
In the last five years, health stakeholders throughout the province have created a number of electronic initiatives, in telehealth and diagnostic imaging for example, that show the benefits of eHealth. Learn more about what’s already been implemented and what is coming up.
Governance of eHealth
eHealth will provide faster, safer, better health care across B.C. through partnerships between the Ministry of Health, regional health authorities, health professionals, regulatory colleges, and other health stakeholders. Learn about how these groups are working together and who is responsible for the various components of eHealth.
Privacy Protection in eHealth
One of the cornerstones of eHealth is the protection of personal health information. All patient information in B.C. are protected by privacy measures that are among the strongest in Canada. Learn more about how your privacy is being protected.
B.C. Health Information Standards
Clinical and Health Informatics Professionals
Health information standards are a critical component of electronic health information exchange (HIE) as they allow for a consistent approach (i.e. common language, specifications, and protocols) that enables interoperability between systems to support coordinated, relevant and informed health care service delivery. Health information standards can be grouped into three general categories: terminology / vocabulary, content / structure and transport.
The B.C. Standards Catalogue lists the current provincially endorsed standards as well as standards in active development.
B.C. Health Information Exchange Systems
Software Vendors and Developers
The Ministry of Health publishes B.C. Conformance Standards for software organizations seeking access to the Ministry’s systems to facilitate Health Information Exchange (HIE). The Ministry’s Conformance and Integration team handles the integration process and ensures that the conformance requirements are met. Conformance Standards for developing interfaces to Ministry HIE systems include rules for: business, application, training development and delivery, privacy and security, message specifications and transport protocols.