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A partnership of Doctors of BC
and Ministry of Health
December 2016

Helping to ensure technology works for doctors

The Doctors Technology Office (DTO), a joint initiative of the General Practice Services Committee and the Specialist Services Committee supports BC doctors with their in-practice technology needs. When a solution to a major unresolved technical issue cannot be found or resolved in a timely manner through their EMR vendor, doctors can contact DTO, which will work with other partners towards finding a solution on behalf of doctors.

For the latest DTO technical bulletin,click here. Contact DTO - Technology Solutions and Support at 604 638 5841 or email:

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JCC Showcase – exchanging ideas for better health care

About 400 people registered – including 80 specialist physicians. They all took part in the first ever Joint Collaborative/Clinical Committees (JCCs) Showcase this February in Vancouver. Participants shared the successes and lessons learned from the range of collaborative work being done in partnership with Doctors of BC, the provincial government, health authorities and local communities. 

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Quality improvement through PQRST

Dr. Carolyn Shiau, a pathologist working out of Royal Columbian Hospital (RCH) was tired of hearing “because that’s the way it is always done” when looking to make improvements.  In April 2015, she joined the Physician Quality and Regional Safety Team (PQRST) – an initiative funded by SSC to support physician engagement through quality improvement in Fraser Health.

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Allergy and Immunology

For most, spring means blooming flowers and blossoming trees. But for the 20% of the population who suffer from allergies, the season means sneezing, congestion, itchy eyes, even asthma. While many allergies can be controlled with the occasional use of an over-the-counter medication, some can interfere with day-to-day activities, can decrease a person’s quality of life and in certain circumstances even be life threatening. That’s where an Allergist or Immunologist comes in.

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Facility-based engagement update

The Facility-based Engagement Initiative continues to grow. Facility Engagement Leads (FELs) are now in place and ready to help facility-based physicians establish and build local engagement structures and draft your plans.

Currently, there are 43 sites working towards becoming fully operational, in all corners of the province. Some are well on their way to having representational structures (usually Working Groups), identifying local priorities and thinking through the road ahead.

Others are actively recruiting staff to help carry the load. There is lots of work being done to create templates and tools to help with sessional claims, budgeting, prioritizing, accounting processes, reporting, setting up working groups and evaluation.

Want to know if your site is involved? Please contact your MSA President or attend your next MSA meeting for an update. If you’d like to know more about the opportunity for your site, please email For more information about facility-based engagement.

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About Us

SSC supports specialists’ work and professional growth. Formed in 2006 under the Physician Master Agreement to help the Doctors of BC, BC government and health authorities collaborate on the delivery of specialist services and support improvement of the specialist care system in BC.

Sharing your knowledge is important - if you have stories to tell, information to share or feedback to give, please send us an email:

Specialist Services Committee
115-1665 West Broadway Vancouver, BC V6J 5A4

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