Webinar - Information Sharing for Primary Care Networks

September 17, 2019

September 2019 (Various Dates)

This two part webinar series will enable physicians and other health providers to provide input into the development of an Information Sharing Agreement (ISA) for Primary Care Networks (PCNs). The agreement is being developed by the General Practice Services Committee (GPSC) Information Sharing Task Group
—one of several groups created by the GPSC to focus on key areas in PCN implementation.

The task group comprises of members representing community physicians, nurse practitioners, allied health, Divisions of Family Practice, Doctors of BC, Ministry of Health, and Health Authority partners. The group reports and makes recommendations to the GPSC, a joint collaborative between the Doctors of BC and the Ministry of Health.

How to participate

Part 1: An Introductory Information Webinar  

Part 2: Three Participatory Webinars

Click on one of the sessions above to register.


In BC, there are multiple pieces of legislation that guide privacy and security of personal information. The two principle pieces of legislation that guide sharing of patient information in a PCN setting are the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA), which applies to private practices, and BC's Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA), which applies to public bodies such as the Ministry and the health authorities.

A key difference between the two relates to patient consent for sharing identifiable patient information. While information can flow between the two for direct patient care, an Information Sharing Agreement is required to create the “legal authority” necessary to share information for secondary use, such as Quality Improvement, program planning, and program evaluation. 

If you have any questions, please e-mail gpscinfosharing@doctorsofbc.ca