PHSA, in collaboration with all BC health authorities, has transitioned to the Provincial Practitioner Credentialing & Privileging (PPCP) system (also known as CACTUS).
The PPCP system has been implemented at all BC health authorities to ensure that members of medical staff have the requisite credentials and privileges to provide high quality care to patients. All practitioners affiliated with a BC health authority will be required to use the online PPCP system and common business processes.
The database component of the system was implemented in April 2015 and AppCentral, the online application component was implemented in January 2016.
AppCentral is a module of PPCP that allows Medical Staff to submit your appointment and reappointment applications via the Internet. It also includes the completion of the Provincial Privileging Dictionaries.
The project is one of several initiatives underway across the province to address the recommendations of the Investigation into Credentialing & Quality Assurance performed by the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council (internally referred to as the Cochrane Report).
An improved system for credentialing and privileging will have many benefits including:
- Simplifying our processes and introducing better work tools and systems.
- Reducing the complexity of keeping practitioner credentialing and privileging information up-to-date across all BC health authorities.
- Streamlining business processes and eliminating the need for multiple systems.
- Reducing duplication and eliminating gaps in information.
- Providing credentialing and privileging information between BC health authorities.