Series GR-3503 - Health care program development files

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Health care program development files

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  • 1990-2011 (Creation)
    British Columbia. Health Authorities division

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5.73 m textual records

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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.

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Some records were in the custody of the Health Services Policy and Quality Assurance division of the Ministry of Health prior to their transferal to the BC Archives.

Scope and content

The series consists of correspondence, discussion papers, reports, and agreements with health authorities and the federal and provincial governments. The records were created by the Ministry of Health's Health Authorities division and its predecessor, the Performance Management and Improvement division. Due to frequent restructuring within the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Health Services, accession 94-6163 was held for a time in the custody of the Health Services Policy and Quality Assurance division, a successor to the Health Authorities division.

The series documents the development of major province-wide programs designed to improve the health care system, and consists of records showing the rationale behind program development. Major programs that are covered include the BC Telehealth network, abortion services at the Elizabeth Bagshaw and Everywoman’s Healthcare clinics, and the Diabetes Surveillance System. The series also includes records on plastic surgery, macular degeneration treatments, SARS, Riverview, dental services, life support, surgery waiting lists, Canuck Place Children’s Hospital, patient safety, and cardiac revascularization.

The series is covered by ORCS 25100-30 of the Health Authority Performance Management schedule (schedule 122352) and is arranged by program. The records of the series were heavily interfiled with health authority records from other series. In many cases, the records appear to have been misclassified. Although the archivist has made every attempt to strike a balance between respecting the original classification system and arranging the records in a logical way, researchers are advised to consult the finding aids for related series. The majority of the CDs included in this series are commercially produced and do not contain original records. File directories with metadata have been printed to accompany CDs with original records.

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Transferred from the Ministry of Health in May 2016.


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Records are restricted under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Please contact BC Archives staff to discuss arrangements for access.

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Records were heavily interfiled with records from GR-3512, GR-3513, GR-3514, GR-3515, and GR-3516.

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Accession number(s) : 94-6163, 95-4371, 95-6838, 95-7203, 96-0042, 96-0918, 96-54842, 96-7866

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