Dataset Pre-hospital and inter-facility patient care information file

Pre-hospital and inter-facility patient care information file  
Data Provider (source):

BC Emergency Health Services


Data includes records from its computer-aided dispatch system (CAD) and patient care reports (PCR) submitted by paramedics. CAD contains locational and date/time stamps of ambulance resources deployed to scene of 911 events and inter-facility transfers.  PCR contains demographics, vital signs, symptoms, drug administered, interventions, and paramedic’s impression of the patient.

Topics covered include: time and location of incident, call-takers’ assessment, EMS resources utilized, time intervals, patient demographics, paramedics’ assessment, drug administration, intervention, and disposition of patient.

Research, quality improvement, surveillance, and evaluation. 
Type of Data (select all that apply):
Health Care and Health Services 
Data Collection Method (select all that apply):
Individual Level Data, Administrative Data 
Identifiers used for linkage:
Personal Health Number, First Name, Last Name, Date of birth 
Access requiredments and conditions for Researchers and Projects:
  • Must be a qualified researcher. A researcher is:
    • Either a student, teacher, or other individual enrolled, appointed or employed by any of the following:
    • A university, where the university status is defined under the BC University Act
    • A college, university college or provincial institute as defined under the Colleges and Institute Act R.S.B.C. 1996, c. 52
    • The Open Learning Agency as continued under the Open Learning Agency Act R.S.B.C. 1996, c. 34
    • Royal Roads University continued under the Royal Roads University Act R.S.B.C. 1996, c. 409
    • Another equivalent educational institution in another jurisdiction outside BC but within Canada
  • BCEHS paramedics or any other individual agreed to by the relevant Data Steward of the Public Body
  • Only researchers who will conduct their analyses in Canada are eligible to apply for access to data pursuant to FIPPA section 33.2(k). Further details available on the requirements for data access via PopData BC are available here:
  • Must be for eligible research projects. To be considered for approval by the Public Body, a Data Access Request must:
    • Be for the time-limited purpose of addressing a specific set of research questions
    • Not involve use of data for administrative or any other non-research purpose, or for ongoing programs of research, unless specifically approved
    • Be in the public interest, for example, improves the welfare of the population
    • Not be proprietary research such as research done for commercial marketing purposes
    • Have scientific merit
    • Have approval from a recognized Research Ethics Board, as defined by the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans.
BCEHS Research via Julie Wei: or Peter Thorpe: 
  • 911 events where BCEHS provided care over the phone or attended to patient at scene
  • Inter-facility transfer events where BCEHS provided service
  • Components: Computer-aided dispatch system (CAD), patient care information (PCIS) prior to April 2017, PCIS and Siren (between April 2017 and March 2019), Siren (after March 2019)

911 calls referred to HealthLink BC (811) or other provider where patient care information is unavailable in BCEHS.

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[2019-03-07 11:13] Sarah Kesselring: Edited by Sarah Kesselring (skesselring) [2019-03-13 11:50] Sarah Kesselring: Edited by Sarah Kesselring (skesselring)