ElectronicHealthcare 4(1) May 2005 : 104-108

Fraser Health PACS Project: Learning from Experience in Planning

Christine A. Vandebeek and Paul Brownrigg


Fraser Health - British Columbia's largest health authority, which serves one in three British Columbians - has nearly completed the implementation of the largest picture archiving and communications system (PACS) in Canada. Fraser Health's PACS implementation is also one of the largest in North America, linking diagnostic imaging equipment, including MRI and ultrasound, to a network of computers throughout the health region.

Fraser Health's PACS project is regarded by many as a great success. However, this paper outlines some of the lessons learned during the PACS implementation, as well as additional knowledge that, in hindsight, would have been beneficial to have had prior to starting the project. Canada Health Infoway partnered with Fraser Health in the PACS project, which provided a strong focus on sharing the experience and best practice of the implementation for the benefit of other Canadian jurisdictions. Fraser Health's culture of learning and sharing has been augmented by the Infoway partnership, as project team members were invited to contribute lessons learned at key stages in the project.

Fraser Health, which characterizes itself as a learning organization, is pleased to share its experience in a frank and open way and hopes it will help others improve the success of their information technology projects.



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