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WHITE Database

All of the Health Authorities. One database.
Why WHITE?

The Workplace Health Indicator Tracking and Evaluation (WHITE™) database is a web-based system that centralizes information on incident tracking and case management for the BC health authorities. The information enables the healthcare sector to reduce and/or eliminate workplace injuries, provide prompt clinical and workplace interventions to reduce disability and time loss, and evaluate the effectiveness of health and safety programs.

Similar to other industry sectors, healthcare decision-makers need reliable information regarding the health and safety of their workforce. This includes accurate and comprehensive data about injuries and illnesses occurring in the workplace, why they occur, their consequences, and the effectiveness of actions taken to address them. It is a standard practice to record injuries and forward the appropriate paperwork to the relevant authorities. In British Columbia, this is WorkSafeBC.

Prior to the introduction of the WHITE Database, a variety of paper and electronic systems were utilized in BC healthcare. These systems did not offer the centralization, consolidation or detail required for prompt analysis and action. Because they did not link information, these systems did not allow for comparisons across departments or facilities. In addition, health authorities rarely had easy access to data to monitor the follow-up of injured or ill workers in real time.

Development of the WHITE Database began in 2002, and all BC health authorities now use the system. 

Confidentiality

The WHITE Database and its intent are fully supported by health employers and unions.

Featuring many layers of security, database information is only available to authorized persons with personal, non-transferable login and passwords that determine the information to be displayed to each system user (Occupational Health Professionals). This is in addition to health authority network security.

Data is used for research and analysis only, by each health authority.

For more information please contact Catherine Ogden at 604.297.8308

 

Capabilities

The database has five modules with these key functionalities:

Incident Management Module

  • Records reported incident/injury details
  • Records the investigator's report, including action items and corrective actions
  • Identifies primary cause, primary nature of injury and primary body parts affected

Claims Management Module

  • Submits WorkSafeBC Form 7
  • Retrieves WorkSafeBC Claims Costs
  • Records and tracks long-term disabilities
  • Records and tracks return-to-work planning for time-loss claims and long-term disabilities

Disability Management Module

  • Recordsand tracks intake and triage details for managing 
    disabilities
  • Records and tracks case management plans
  • Records worker assessments and treatment plans
  • Records and tracks duty-to-accommodate and return-to-work plans

Employee Health Module

  • Records worker baseline status, immunization and vaccination against infectious diseases
  • Records and tracks needlestick and BBF exposure information
  • Records worker allergies and sensitivities
  • Records event or outbreak management

HCW (Health Care Worker) Module

  • Records facemask fit test results
  • Records and tracks training and education records
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