Data Access - Health Data Central
The Data Management and Stewardship branch (DMS) of the Ministry of Health is responsible for processing most of the application for data access for a legally authorized purpose. The majority of requests processed by DMS are requests submitted by other provincial health organizations, other public bodies, or eligible researchers.
These requests involve the provisioning of individual level data. DMS also helps individuals or organizations that do not conform to the regular requestors identify the right avenue for obtaining data access, if the request is legally sanctioned.
DMS does not process requests for aggregate data but it can facilitate, on occasion, the participation of other Ministry of Health areas for executing such requests on a discretionary basis. Data BC is a potential source of administrative health data aggregate reports. Aggregate reports generated online are also available for BC elective surgeries wait times and BC hospitalization information.
Information on the following types of data access requests is provided on this website:
- Academic research requests for Ministry of Health data, including PharmaNet and requests to contact.
- Health authority program evaluations and public health surveillance.
- Ministry of Health internal requests involving a health authority or a service provider.
- The creation of information sharing agreements with other organizations
- Requesting Access
Status of Existing Requests
The status of academic requests for Ministry of Health administrative data can be obtained from Population Data BC through their AppTracker application. For the status of all other projects, please email the Ministry of Health at HealthDataCentral@gov.bc.ca.
As stewards of British Columbians’ personal health information, the Ministry of Health takes its responsibility for privacy protection very seriously. When collecting, using, disclosing, accessing or sharing personal health information, the ministry and its staff are governed by legislation, government policies, and professional codes of ethics and standards of practice.