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- British Columbia. Health Authorities division
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The Health Authorities division was established in 2006 as part of the Ministry of Health. It succeeded the Performance Management and Improvement division, which had included a smaller Health Authority branch. The Health Authorities division was designed to ensure that sustainable and affordable patient-centered care was delivered to patients through BC’s six health authorities. The Division defined standards of performance and developed frameworks to manage provincial health initiatives.
In 2008, the Division fell under the newly-renamed Ministry of Health Services and by 2010 it was divided into seven subordinate branches. These branches provided strategic direction and managed the performance of the province’s six health authorities, managed patient care quality, managed patient safety, guided health care transformation funding, resolved patient concerns and systemic issues on behalf of the Minister of Health, and developed legislative and policy options for divisional programs. The Division was also responsible for liaising with other branches within the Ministry of Health, including its work on the surgical wait list website with the Health Information and Modernization branch.
The Division styled itself as the steward of the province’s health services, and helped to manage the flow of information and decisions between the Ministry and the six health authorities. By 2010, the Division had approximately 110 staff.
In 2013, the Division was succeeded by the Health Services division.
Scope and content
The series consists of correspondence, reports, agreements, guidelines, presentations, meeting minutes and agendas, briefing notes and communications strategies, and strategic planning documents created by the Ministry of Health’s Health Authorities division and its predecessors between 1996 and 2011. The records document the research and formulation of recommendations on emerging health issues, such as the emergence of new communicable diseases. The records cover a variety of topics, including redesign plans for various health authorities across British Columbia, risk assessments, wait time targets and the demand for acute care beds, as well as new medications and medical devices.
Correspondence is arranged chronologically by Health Authority. Other records are arranged by project or plan.
The records were frequently interfiled with records from other series, and this has led to significant cross-over between the series. In many accessions from the Ministry of Health/Ministry of Health Services, misclassification of records is evident. The records are arranged according to the original BC Government ORCS classification scheme, except in cases where misclassification is obvious. If there was any doubt, the classification code on the records was followed. Researchers are advised to consult finding aids for the following related series in order to better and more fully understand the records : GR-3512, GR-3514, GR-3515, and GR-3516.