Electronic Health Record (EHR)

The Electronic Health Record (EHR) is the cornerstone of the Province’s eHealth strategy to deliver faster and more effective treatment to patients. When every British Columbian has an EHR they will each have a secure and private lifetime record of their key health history and care within the health system.

By making health care records interoperable in computer systems province wide (seamlessly communicate with each other) the Electronic Health Record (iEHR) project will make possible secure information exchange between clinicians, patient information systems and the repositories – diagnostic imaging, drug and lab information – where information will be stored.

Authorized clinicians and health care providers will be able to access data using a secure web-based viewer application or through computer to computer information transfers.

Building the Electronic Health Record

The Province has been working with Sun Microsystems (B.C.) Inc. since June 2007 to build the infrastructure needed for electronic health records.

The iEHR will:

  • Improve patient care by providing access to a range of clinical information including laboratory test results, medication histories and diagnostic images for care providers.
  • Protect patient confidentiality by enforcing privacy rules which will prevent unauthorized access to, or disclosure of, patient data;
  • Enable the secure exchange of health care data between care providers by enforcing consistent data standards, access rules and audit activities;
  • Reduce information technology infrastructure costs by providing a single, provincial data exchange hub.