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Health registries are computerized systems where data, records, or laboratory samples are kept. The information may be used to deliver care and treatment to an individual patient if the agency keeping the registry is participating in the care and treatment of the individual.

Information in registries is made available for research or comparative study. Different registries have different rules about when they have to remove names or other identifiers before using patient information for research or study. All registries are covered by the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and other laws.

Because of the growth and development of electronic systems in BC, people are often unaware that their information has been collected into province-wide registries.

Examples of registries in British Columbia include: