Throughout the Health System PDF Print E-mail

Your personal health information is collected by a lot of different groups in the health care system.

When you see your doctor, he or she will keep a file about you in his office. Sometimes your doctor may need to send some of your personal health information to a specialist, who will keep her own file of your health information.

Sometimes your doctor may send some of your health information to a health authority. This can happen if you go to a clinic or hospital for treatment and they need some information from your family doctor.

If you go to a private lab to get a lab test done, some of your health information will be collected by the lab. It will send the results back to the doctor who ordered the test, and (sometime soon, when it is fully built) will also store the information on the Provincial Laboratory Information Solution ("PLIS") system (part of the Electronic Health Record system being built by the province of BC, see In Databases) so that, in the future, it can be seen by other health providers who need it to provide you health care, and so it can be used for "stewardship purposes".

Diagnostic tests will be done by a diagnostic centre which will keep a record of the test and the result, and will send a copy to your doctor.
Information may flow between hospitals if they are in the same health authority; some information may be sent to the Ministry of Health for administrative purposes (such as for MSP billing).

Your prescription information is put into the PharmaNet database system, which is available to all pharmacists and certain others, within B.C.
Sometimes, some of your information may also flow into a Registry, such as the Cancer Registry at the BC Cancer Agency, which collects specific information about cancer patients in BC for statistical purposes and for research.