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BC Renal Agency wins national award for IT system that improves patient safety

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Vancouver, BC – The BC Renal Agency has won a national award for its PROMIS information system, which maintains the medical record for patients with kidney disease across British Columbia.

Kidney patients, who take an average of 19 medications and experience frequent hospitalizations, are at a higher risk than most patients for medication errors.

Responsible for planning and coordinating health care services for patients with kidney disease, the BC Renal Agency won third place in the Canada Health Infoway ImagineNation Challenge for using PROMIS to avoid medication errors and ensure accurate information about patient medications at all points of care.

The goal of the national awards program is to accelerate the use of innovative solutions in four key areas of health care: e-scheduling, patient access to health information, medication reconciliation and clinical synoptic reporting.

Using PROMIS, kidney care providers across British Columbia can access detailed information about a kidney patient’s medical care history. The system is kept up to date in real-time by care teams at 37 kidney care centres around the province.

The BC Renal Agency is recognized nationally and internationally for its model of care and innovations such as the PROMIS information system and its medication safety program. Kidney patient health outcomes, including survival, are among the best in the world.

For more information see the Award Winners Release from Infoway: http​://​


“PROMIS is as a powerful tool for BC kidney care providers and helps them deliver optimal care to patients in every part of this province,” said Dr. Adeera Levin, executive director of the BC Renal Agency.

“This award validates on a national stage the tremendous work of kidney care teams across BC to improve patient safety with the support of information technology,” said Dan Martinusen, a clinical pharmacy specialist and lead for the BC Renal Agency’s medication reconciliation initiative.

Patrick Blennerhassett
Agency & External Communications
Provincial Health Services Authority




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