B.C. Health Information Standards

Clinical and Informatics Professionals

Establishing an electronic health record that provides clinicians with access to longitudinal patient information at the point of care, and that allows patients to access their own health information, is a strategic priority in British Columbia. This will involve connecting health information systems across the continuum of care – including electronic medical record systems, clinical information systems and provincial eHealth systems.  

Making clinical information available electronically to clinicians and patients offers the potential to transform how care is delivered. In particular, it is critical for continuity of patient care and advanced clinical decision support functionality within hospital and primary care systems. 

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. Health information standards come in many forms such as data format standards, clinical terminologies standards and technical messaging standards. To learn about health information standards in B.C., please refer to the:

B.C. Health Information Exchange Services

Software Vendors and Developers

The Province operates a number of health information exchange services, which allow point of service applications to exchange patient information with the clinical information repositories and registries.


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.

Last updated: July, 2018