Health Information and Interoperability Standards Catalogue

This catalogue contains current endorsed standards and active projects under development.  Select a published standard from the list below to review its profile and download the standard.  For further information on our standards, please contact us at HLTH.CISSupport@gov.bc.ca. These standards are subject to change. 

Standards Status

The B.C. Health Information Standards are organized by current status:

  • In Development: the standard is currently being developed.
  • Pending:  the standard has been approved by the Health Information Standards Standing Committee (HISSC) but is awaiting final publication.
  • Published: the standard is published and ready for implementation.

Standards

Use the links below to quickly find a standard you are looking for.

Application Standards
Terminology Standards
Clinical Document Architecture Standards
Data Standards

Application Standards

Domain Description Standard Status
Client Registry The standard used to exchange information with the authoritative registry of health care client demographic information in British Columbia. Published
Provider Registry The standard used to exchange information with the authoritative registry of British Columbia health-care providers’ demographic and professional information. Published
Provincial Lab Information Solution The standard used to exchange information with the provincial repository of diagnostic laboratory test results from private and public laboratories across British Columbia. Published
PharmaNet The standard used to exchange information with the provincial drug information and claims processing system that links all community pharmacies in British Columbia. In Development

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Terminology Standards

Domain Description Standard Status
Minimum Immunization Data Set (MIDS) for Interoperability The Immunizations Interoperability Minimum Data Set will allow clinicians, patients and their family members to share and access complete patient immunization histories through a jurisdictional immunization system / provincial registry.

The larger approved data set supports best practice in documentation of immunization information, both historical immunization records and immunization services provided by a clinician. The Immunizations Interoperability MDS will allow clinicians, patients and their family members to share and access patient’s complete immunization histories through a jurisdictional immunization system / provincial registry.
Published
Health Concerns and Diagnoses SNOMED Reference Set Constrained set of SNOMED codes for use in B.C. with mapping to ICD 9 and 10. Pending
Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes (LOINC)
Pan-Canadian LOINC Observation Code Database Nomenclature Standard
The international standard for clinical document titles and lab tests for use in British Columbia. In Development
Systematized Nomenclature of Medicine (SNOMED) – Canada Health Infoway supported The international standard for clinical terminology for use in B.C. In Development
Medication Value Set Constrained set of medication values for use in B.C. In Development
Procedures Value Set Constrained set of SNOMED procedure codes for use in B.C. In Development
Medical Imaging Terminology Set Collection of Medical Imaging coding values with mapping to SNOMED. In Development

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B.C. Clinical Document Architecture Standards

Domain Description Standard Status
B.C. Clinical Document Architecture Implementation Guide The B.C. Clinical Document Architecture (CDA) Implementation Guide outlines the provincial CDA template standards. These standards facilitate the exchange of clinical documents to care providers across regions and across the continuum of care.  This document, along with the EMR-to-EMR Data Transfer and Conversion Standard contain all used CDA templates in British Columbia. Additional CDA templates under development are listed below. Published
EMR-to-EMR Data Transfer and Conversion Standard The EMR–to–EMR Data Transfer and Conversion Standard specifications support the standardized exchange of patient information between disparate electronic medical record (EMR) systems in support of various business processes including single patient chart transfers, conversions of multiple patient charts from one EMR to another as well as the exchange of episodic documents. Published
Cardiology Reports Distribution of three cardiology reports: Electrocardiography Test (ECG), Holter Test and Stress Test. CDA Level 3: Pending
Cytology Reports Distribution of reports for cytology, gynecology and paps. CDA Level 3: Pending
Discharge Summary Discharge summaries serve as the primary documents communicating a patient's care plan to the post-hospital care team. CDA Level 3: In Development
Medical Imaging Results or observations of medical imaging tests, distributed electronically in a CDA Level 3 format. CDA Level 3: In Development

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Data Standards

Domain Description Standard Status
Personal Health Number The personal health number is a unique, numerical, lifetime identifier used in the specific identification of an individual client or patient who has had any interaction with the British Columbia health system. In Development

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