On April 28, 2018, Lions Gate Hospital and Squamish General Hospital became the first two acute care sites to go live. Pemberton Health Centre and Whistler Health Care Centre are next, going live on September 27 and October 1, 2018, respectively. Following that, these VCH Coastal sites are targeted to go-live with Medical Imaging functionality only:
- R.W. Large Memorial Hospital in Bella Bella – October 23, 2018
- Bella Bella General Hospital – October 23, 2018
- Sechelt Hospital – November 20, 2018
- Powell River General Hospital (screening mammography only) – November 20, 2018
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, followed by Vancouver General Hospital.
Dates for Richmond Hospital, UBC Hospital, BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services, and the rest of the VCH-Coastal sites 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.