On April 28, 2018, Vancouver Coastal Health's Lions Gate Hospital and Squamish General Hospital became the first two acute care sites to go live with the CST Cerner clinical information system. Whistler Health Care Centre and Pemberton Health Centre, followed in September and October 2018.
R.W Large Memorial Hospital in Bella Bella, Bella Coola General Hospital, Sechelt Hospital and Powell River General Hospital (screening mammography only) went live in October and November 2018 with Medical Imaging functionality in the CST Cerner system.
Providence Health Care's St. Paul’s Hospital, Mount Saint Joseph Hospital and Holy Family Hospital, as well as their affiliated care homes and select clinics, went live with CST Cerner on November 16, 2019. The remaining PHC ambulatory clinics and care homes/sites will implement CST in two waves following this initial go-live.
The Provincial Health Services Authority's Burnaby Centre for Mental Health and Addiction went live on December 8, 2019. Sequencing and timing for the remaining BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services facilities is still being determined.
BC Cancer’s CST activations are targeted to start in 2020. Vancouver Coastal Health-Vancouver sites are slated to go live in 2020 as well.
The Clinical Collect project, which aims to reduce specimen-labeling errors on the unit, went live at Lions Gate Hospital’s ICU on September 28 and rolled out at Providence Health Care sites in line with CST on November 16.
Stay tuned for more information around timing for the remaining sites.
It is important to note that the clinical transformation – the process of establishing common workflows and practices – is an ongoing process. Learnings from each implementation will be incorporated into successive activations at other facilities.
The first major milestones of the transformation were the installation of Omnicell automated medicine dispensing cabinets at health care facilities across VCH, PHSA and PHC and the construction of the new Vancouver Pharmacy Production Centre (formerly known as the Regional Production Centre), which began operating in fall 2016.
*Please note that the order of the sites rolling out, and associated timeframes, is subject to change.