The Physicians Data Collaborative (PDC) is a not-for-profit organization working to enable the collaborative use of clinical data to improve patient care and develop a trusted distributed data network. Members of the PDC come from Divisions of Family Practice from across BC.
PDC’s values include:
As a founding member and core partner of the PDC, the Vancouver Division of Family Practice has invested a total $260,000 over the past three years, making the Division PDC’s largest funder to date.
Given the vast size of the practice region in Vancouver, the Division recognizes the potential benefits of having access to a unified data network. Once launched, this centralized data source can help Division members identify local data trends through combined data sets. This will enable doctors to better understand patients throughout the region. When fully functional, the data network will also assist the Division by providing local data to support health care initiatives, continuous learning, and clinical research. Furthermore, the distributed data network will make data collection and analysis efficient, thereby enabling a tight feedback loop to support quality improvement using Plan, Do, Study, Act (PDSA) cycles.
Giving doctors access to readily available data to answer clinical questions can be very useful. The Division anticipates that, through the PDC, doctors will be able to quickly and discreetly retrieve health data, giving them the ability to deliver more effective and informed care. In turn, the patient and practitioner experience will be enhanced leading to a better patient journey and an increased sense of professional satisfaction for family doctors.