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. These projects are being implemented in a gradual, phased approach.
eHealth will implement secure electronic health record systems to:
- Bring better, faster, safer healthcare to British Columbians by giving authorized health professionals electronic access to secure, complete patient health records when and where they are required for delivering care.
- Assure that access to patient information will be restricted to only those having a legal right and clear need, in accordance with provincial eHealth privacy protection policies.
- eHealth will provide health information online to reduce delays, errors, test duplication and financial and environmental costs.
B.C. is participating in a ten year plan led by the Federal Government's Canada Health Infoway to create a safer and more efficient healthcare system by creating electronic health records (EHRs).
eHealth Overview (PDF 105K)
Health Sector IM/IT Strategy
The Health Sector IM/IT Strategy (2010/11 – 2012/13) ensures the alignment of IM/IT initiatives and investment with B.C.’s overall health sector strategies and priorities. It sets direction for all B.C. health care delivery organizations, establishes key areas of focus for IM/IT and provides the context for provincial eHealth initiatives. The Strategy document was updated in January 2011 to ensure alignment with the Ministry of Health 2010/11 – 2012/13 Service Plan.
Health Sector IM/IT Strategy (PDF 495K)
eHealth will provide
- secure and authorized access to health records from anywhere in the province
- physicians better access to patient records
- consolidated lab results - your tests online for your caregiver when you need them
- enhanced PharmaNet improved patient safety
- X-rays, CT scans and MRIs online for your caregiver
- health services over distance - TeleHealth, in rural and remote areas and for First Nations
- improved public health service delivery to the public