Until recently, our approach to health data in British Columbia has been governed by the belief that preventing access is the only way to ensure privacy.
Privacy is indeed important and that was an understandable position.
But we are now in the midst of a paradigm shift with regard to health care data, an important public resource that B.C has developed over the decades and is now in a position to utilize for the public interest.
Many individuals now share health information electronically, either in closed networks with family and health care practitioners or publicly through the Internet.
We have built up not only a public health care database that is the envy of most other jurisdictions, we have the innovators who can maximize the use of that data using the latest in technologies to save lives, make the health care system more efficient and be a leader in developing the breakthrough cures and drug treatments that will make us a centre of excellence.
Automated Summary from: The Vancouver Sun