On a very small budget, Vancouver Coastal Health developed a robust data infrastructure to increase analysis in support of improved patient care and system improvement. One unique feature is that VCH’s enterprise data warehouse uses a patient-centric design. 

“Having the patient-centric warehouse has allowed us to develop the Patient Continuum,” says Dianne Sharma, decision support advisor at VCH. The Continuum has standardized a lot of the joins between various data sets. “Now we can look at those at either a patient level or a visit level, and having standardized those joins has been a very big benefit.”

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