December 1, 2020

The Honourable Adrian Dix, M.L.A.
Minister of Health
Province of British Columbia

Dear Minister Dix, 

With the support of its member organizations and individuals, the Board of the BC Rural Health Network (BCRHN) would like to share their views regarding the rights of a patient to control and protect their personal health record (PHR). 

The BCRHN wishes to ensure that no commercial Electronic Medical Record (EMR)/Electronic Health Record (EHR) provider becomes the keeper of a patient’s comprehensive PHR. Whilst it is recognized that parts of a patient’s medical record will exist on a vendor’s EMR or EHR, to locate all of the patient’s medical data (the PHR) on the same platform raises questions about the unconsented use of this data, confidentiality and the ethical issue of who owns the data. 

We would recommend that:

We look forward to receiving your response to our concern and recommendations. We are open to discuss this issue with you at your convenience. 


Edward Staples, President 
BC Rural Health Network