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.
PHC acute services at St. Paul’s Hospital, Mount St. Joseph Hospital (MSJ) and Holy Family Hospital (HFH), including residential care homes at MSJ and HFH, are targeted to go live with CST in November 2019. Other PHC residential care homes including St. Vincent’s: Brock Fahrni, St. Vincent’s: Langara and Youville Residence will go-live in a second wave two to three months after MSJ and HFH.
The rest of the CST project will be implemented in phases over the next several years. Following PHC, the next acute sites will be: Vancouver General Hospital, UBC Hospital and Richmond General Hospital.
BC Children’s Hospital and BC Women’s Hospital and Health Centre are targeted to go live with CST in early 2021.
The CST team is actively working with BC Cancer on a revised schedule for activations at the six regional centres. Assessment work is being conducted to determine the timing of BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services, but the first BCMHSUS sites could go live as early as second half of 2019. Details will be communicated as plans are finalized.
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.