10 Years and Counting for the British Columbia Patient Safety & Learning System

And Datix was there every step of the way

10 Years Of The British Columbia Patient Safety Learning System
10 Years Of The British Columbia Patient Safety Learning System

10 Years and Counting for the British Columbia Patient Safety & Learning System

And Datix was there every step of the way.

In 2001, when the British Columbia Ministry of Health merged the province’s 52 health organisations into a streamlined governance and management model, little did anyone know that one of the six newly-formed health authorities - Provincial Health Services Authority – would lead a collaborative, province-wide patient safety initiative. But lead it did! After several years of planning and development, the British Columbia Patient Safety & Learning System (BCPSLS) was launched, with the first safety event report submitted on February 25, 2008.

Now, a decade later and having just celebrated its 10-year anniversary, BCPSLS is still considered a pioneer, logging more than 1 million incident reports since its 2008 launch – with most reports being submitted within 24 hours of an event. The data collected has sparked countless safety event investigations, facilitated collaborative, shared learning, enabled significant safety improvements at local and system levels, and fostered safety culture across the BC health care system.

So what patient safety software system is powering BCPSLS, quietly humming away behind the scenes? Datix, of course! In fact, Datix’s partnership pre-dates BCPSLS’s first Go Live in 2008, as Datix’s electronic incident reporting information solution was selected to replace multiple existing paper-based systems in 2005. Thirteen years ago, Datix’s software solution allowed users to collect information quickly, enabled timely notification to leaders, and facilitated a more standardized approach to reporting patient safety events – all which were critical components of the envisioned BCPSLS.

As early as 2005, healthcare leaders and partners across British Columbia were invited to a kickoff session for what was originally called, “IRIS: the SAFETY Incident Reporting Information System,” which was a joint effort of Provincial Health Services Authority, Vancouver Coastal Health, Island Health, and the Health Care Protection Program. And while IRIS would eventually become BCPSLS, the vision of improving quality and patient safety never wavered.

Today, approximately 100,000 healthcare providers across British Columbia can report safety events using the Datix system, and healthcare leaders can use this information to learn how to prevent future events from occurring. Datix is proud to be part of this journey and eagerly anticipates the progress that will be made for the next 10 years and more into the future.

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