On April 28, 2018, Lions Gate Hospital and Squamish General Hospital became the first two acute care sites to go live. Two VCH Coastal rural sites, 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 new clinical information system.
BC Cancer is up next. It will be the first PHSA agency to adopt the new clinical information system, and its regional centres will be the first ambulatory sites to go live with CST.
The rest of the CST project will be implemented in phases over the next several years. Following BC Cancer will be: Providence Health Care sites, BC Children’s Hospital and BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre and Vancouver General Hospital.
Dates for Richmond Hospital, UBC Hospital and BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services are yet to be firmly established.
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.