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Provider and Location Registry – Consolidator

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Numerous Island Health departments currently rely on the Provider Data Repository (PDR) for provider information such as contact details, admitting and clinical privileges, and specialties. Medical Affairs has been maintaining this data manually. The PDR is due to be retired in 2023.

The Provincial Health Services Authority has developed a Provider and Location Registry Consolidator (PLR-C), which pulls data from the following sources:

  • The Provincial Provider and Location Registry (PLR), a trusted source of health care provider (e.g., physicians, pharmacists, nurses) information available to authorized users. This information is provided by organizations such as (but not limited to):
    • College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC
    • College of Pharmacists of BC
    • Registered Nurses Association of BC
    • Medical Services Plan of BC
    • Provincial Health Services Authority
  • Cactus, for admitting and clinical privileges.

The go-live date for replacing PDR with PLR-C has been set for February, 2023.

Benefits of switching from PDR to PLR-C

Using PLR-C will provide the following enhancements:

  • Information will include data from nursing and allied health colleges in addition to physician colleges.
  • Automatic feeds will reduce or eliminate the requirement for manual data entry, and simplify data maintenance.
  • More detailed information will be visible, such as cell phone number and preferred email.

Getting to know PLR-C

No official training for PLR-C is required. Closer to the go-live time of February 2023, a user guide will be made available. To learn more about PLR-C, we have provided the kick-off presentation PowerPoint.

Information available through the PLR-C includes the following:
  • provider identifier
  • provider status
  • name
  • demographic details
  • contact information (i.e., address, telephone, fax, email)
If you need additional information to perform your duties, you may also have access to:
  • provider credentials
  • provider expertise
  • conditions
  • work locations
  • provider relationships
More information about the PLR, including frequently asked questions, is available on the Ministry of Health web page.

Milestones to go-live

PLR-C Testing

Depending on your user group, you may be asked to participate in user access and workflow testing (all groups), non-production systems testing or production validation testing at go-live (limited groups, see below). A project team member will contact your department to schedule testing in January or February 2023.

Support for PLR-C

Our usual Clinical Service Desk support line will provide support for PLR-C:

18777 (stay on the line for assistance)

As well, for two weeks after launch, the project team will be meeting daily with stakeholders. Leaders from departments switching to PLR-C will be invited to the meeting, particularly if there are issues pertaining to their work.

Contact

For questions regarding the replacement of PDR of PLR-C, please contact the following people: