What information is being collected by the BC Surgical Patient Registry?
Your surgeon will collect information that includes your name, address, date of birth, the name of your procedure, the name of your surgeon and the date when you and your surgeon decided to proceed with your surgery.
This information is then sent to the hospital where your surgery is to be performed and the hospital will enter the information into the BC Surgical Patient Registry. Your surgeon will be provided with reports that give accurate and up-to-date information on who is on his/her surgical waitlist.
All patients who require hip or knee surgery will have their prosthesis information sent to the Canadian Institute of Health Information for analysis by the Canadian Joint Replacement Registry.
Can I decline to have my information entered into the BC Surgical Patient Registry?
Yes, you may choose to not have your information entered into the registry. Please discuss your decision with your surgeon. This decision will not affect your access to health care services.
Who sees my personal information in the BC Surgical Patient Registry?
After your personal information is entered into the registry, it may be shared only with your surgeon and other authorized health care professionals who are responsible for providing services associated with your surgery. These professionals include operating room booking and health authority surgical management staff.
In addition, designated Ministry of Health staff may be required to access your information for health system program planning, monitoring of surgical services and/or reporting on health authority performance.
Your personal information, such as name, address, phone number and BC health care number, will not be included in registry information that is used for research or evaluation.
How is my personal information protected?
Personal information is collected from your surgeon, submitted to the hospital where your surgery is to be performed, and then entered into the BC Surgical Patient Registry. This is authorized under sections 26 (c) and (e), 27 (1)(a)(i), and 27 (1)(b) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.