The CST project will be implemented in phases over the next several years. Work on standardizing clinical practices is already underway in preparation for the implementation of the new shared clinical information system. The first group of sites to go live (Group 1) includes Lions Gate Hospital, HOpe Centre, Evergreen House, North Shore Hospice, Squamish General Hospital, Hilltop House, Pemberton Health Centre and Whistler Health Care Centre.
However, it is important to note that the clinical transformation – the process of establishing common workflows and practices – will be an ongoing process over the next year. Learnings from Group 1 will be incorporated into successive activations at other facilities.
The first major physical evidence of the transformation is happening now, with the installation of Omnicell automated medicine dispensing cabinets at health care facilities across VCH, PHSA and PHC and the recent construction of the new Vancouver Pharmacy Production Centre (formerly known as the Regional Production Centre), which began operating in fall 2016.
Group 1 will be followed by the BC Cancer Agency as Group 2. The sequence after Group 2 will be refined as the CST project proceeds with these first two groups.
Please note that the order of the sites rolling out, and associated timeframes, is subject to change.