This project provided an in-depth, broad-based look at the multitude of issues surrounding information management in the mental health context in British Columbia. Information management encompasses the information itself, the management of process, the dissemination of information, and the management of technology. The report discusses issues of exchanging information among various users as well as among the client and family, to improve services to those with mental health concerns. It also examines criminal justice issues and issues of confidentiality and potential breaches of privacy. The report recommends the active involvement of people affected by mental illness in planning and developing information management systems, as well as more federal funding for an infrastructure of collaborative activities.
This project was supported by the Health Transition Fund, which was created in 1997 to provide support for evidence-based decision-making in health care reform by supporting pilot and evaluation projects which test innovative approaches to health care delivery. The views expressed herein do no necessarily represent the official policy of federal, provincial, or territorial governments.