Evolution of the New EHR


Evolution of the New EHR

Island Health has partnered with Cerner to help create a system that will transform health care within Island Health and our community.

Versions of electronic health records (EHRs) have been used for decades in many settings. North York, Mt. Sinai, Prince Edward Island and Vancouver, for example, have already moved in this direction, primarily in acute and ambulatory clinic spaces.

Island Health is looking beyond just individual sites. Every Island Health resident will have their single health record in the new EHR. The records will be available across sites, programs and services, for the lifespan of each resident.

The process of creating a single health record for each Island Health resident involves 4 main phases:

Integrating across the care continuum
Customizing to meet Island Health's needs
Upgrading to a new platform with new functionality
Transitioning existing patient records



The fully integrated EHR will be introduced (activated) geographically in a three-phase approach:

  • NRGH core campus will be first
  • Remaining central island community sites and programs approximately 6 months later
  • The rest of Island Health approximately 3 months later

Please note that timeframes may change.