Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

 Health Information Standards

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.

Standard types include:

  • data format standards
  • clinical terminologies standards
  • technical messaging standards

Health information standards are developed by experts in digital health such as clinicians, developers, and informatics professionals. When the need for a provincial standard is identified, a formal proposal is submitted to the B.C. Health Information Standards Working Group (HISWG) and an engagement process is started. Proposals are reviewed against assessment criteria and a recommendation is made to the B.C. Health Information Standards Standing Committee (HISSC) to be considered for endorsement as a provincial standard.

Published standards and their profiles are available in the standards catalogue. Standards in development and proposed standards may also be listed in the standards catalogue.

Point of service systems and users that integrate with health information exchange services (i.e., Client Registry, Provider Registry, PharmaNet, Provincial Laboratory Information Solution, and report distribution services) hosted by the Ministry of Health and/or regional health authorities must meet provincial interoperability and conformance standards. 

Adoption of health information standards (i.e., application, terminology, clinical document architecture, and data standards) are highly recommended as a best practice across B.C.

We release a bi-monthly newsletter to keep health authorities and vendors informed on what health information standards sets and projects are currently being worked on. You can find it here.