Provider Registry System (PRS)

Overview of Service

Development of the Provider Registry System (PRS) was a joint venture of the Western Health Information Collaborative.
British Columbia's PRS is a trusted source of health care provider (e.g., physicians, pharmacists, nurses) information available to authorized users. This information is provided by organizations such as (but not limited to):

  • College of Physicians and Surgeons of B.C.
  • College of Pharmacists of B.C.
  • Registered Nurses Association of B.C.
  • Medical Services Plan of B.C.
  • Provincial Health Services Authority.


Health care organizations use the Provider Registry System (PRS) to obtain current, accurate information and to update their existing systems.

Organizations can choose to use PRS web-based functionality and/or to develop and implement electronic interfaces, in order to use provider data. The PRS does not replace proprietary systems that manage provider data held within organizations.

Functions currently available in PRS include:

  • Maintain Provider - search, view, change and add provider data, and manage duplicate provider records.
  • Query PRS - generate distributions and reports.


In order to access the Provide Registry System (PRS), organizations must:

  • Design, build, and test interfaces.
  • Negotiate a data sharing agreement with the data source as a consumer of PRS data.
  • Negotiate an information sharing agreement with the Ministry of Health as a PRS data source.
  • Prepare an implementation strategy with the Ministry of Health PRS registry administrator.

Supporting Documentation

HL7 Messaging Packages

The following packages are available for prospective Sources and Consumers who wish to use HL7 interactions with the Provider Registry System (PRS):

  • PRS 4.0.4 (provider add and update messages)
  • PRS 4.1.5 (query and notification messages)