PSBC’s mandate is directly supported by the operation and maintenance of the PDR. An internationally recognized surveillance system, the PDR contains data abstracted from obstetrical and neonatal medical records on nearly 100% of births in the province as well as births occurring at home attended by registered midwives and other health care providers. Trained abstractors at maternity sites collect the data, and rigorous data quality checks and business rules are applied to ensure a high level of data integrity and data consistency.
Capturing approximately 45,000 births per year, the PDR also collects data on maternal postpartum readmissions up to 42 days post delivery and baby transfers and readmissions up to 28 days after birth. The PDR has collected full provincial data from across BC since April 1, 2000 and currently contains records for nearly 700,000 births and deliveries.
PSBC supports health care providers, leaders, researchers, and policymakers in their work to improve maternal, fetal, and neonatal health. We are committed to providing access to the data in the custody of PSBC for bona fide, public-interest research purposes, surveillance, program delivery, and evaluation. The high quality data has contributed to over 1,000 initiatives and investigations from health leaders, planners, and researchers.
Our work to develop a new version of the PDR will be accelerated over the next two to three years. We aim to ensure the PDR can keep pace with high standards, meet the needs of our stakeholder community, and continue to have a positive impact on perinatal care.
- Kim Williams, Provincial Executive Director, Perinatal Services BC
- Lily Lee, Director, Provincial Registry, Surveillance, Performance, and Analytics, Perinatal Services BC
- Kenny Der, Manager, Clinical Data Integrity, Privacy, and Access, Perinatal Services BC
- Ellen Giesbrecht, Senior Medical Director, BC Women’s Hospital
- Allan Aoyama, Director, eHealth Solutions, IMITS
- David Noble, Program Manager, IT Partner Enablement, IMITS Client Services, IMITS
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