Articles and updates from the Clinical & Systems Transformation project.
As of March 29, 2022, people in southeast Vancouver will have increased access to team-based every-day health care with a new Southeast Urgent and Primary Care Centre (SE UPCC).
On February 26, 2022, BC Children’s Hospital, BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre (known as C&W) and some related clinics switched from older systems and paper charts to a shared electronic health record system called CST Cerner. This move was made to help elevate and modernize care as part of the Clinical & Systems Transformation project ─ a joint initiative of Vancouver Coastal Health, the Provincial Health Services Authority, and Providence Health Care.
Leaders, providers, clinicians and staff across VCH-Vancouver are beginning to prepare for our fall 2022 implementation of CST Cerner, a shared system that will transform health care systems and processes to improve care for our patients and residents.
Dr. Alain Gagnon, CMIO for PHSA and obstetrics & gynaecology physician at BC Women's Hospital, explains the benefits of moving from paper charts and CW Cerner to CST Cerner.
In Canada, the move to Digital Health has been a top priority, with the federal government investing $240.5 million in virtual care in 2020 alone. This year's Digital Health Week is about "celebrating the progress digital health has made and the momentum it has gained in an otherwise difficult year."
The switch from paper-based records to improve the safety, quality and consistency of care.
In line with the recent CST Cerner system roll out at PHSA’s BC Cancer – Vancouver, new functionality was added for providers to receive notifications of their patient’s lab results from most labs in the province. This is a first for B.C. because, while provincial lab results are viewable in CareConnect, no other clinical information system is integrating labs information at this level for comprehensive, near-real time access. It means that patients who attend Vancouver centre, and soon other facilities using CST Cerner, can expect a better experience because their care team has access to a more complete patient record. CST Cerner is currently being rolled out across more than 40 facilities across VCH, PHSA and PHC.
This Friday, Oct. 15, BC Cancer – Abbotsford and Surrey will go live with the CST Pharmacy Supply Chain module, an important milestone to help us prepare for the new clinical information system at these centres.
Final preparations were completed over the past week to move both clients and staff from the Burnaby Centre for Mental Health and Addiction to their new facility: Red Fish Healing Centre for Mental Health and Addiction, which opened its doors on October 12.