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Member, BC Health Information Management Professionals Society’s Spring Symposium Planning Team, and Conference Participant

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Open to Fraser – Vancouver Coastal, Patient partners from Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley

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If you have experience planning and supporting large conferences or events, and are interested in the ways that Health Information Management and technology in BC are done, please see below for this opportunity to contribute to the BC Health Information Management Professionals Society’s Spring Symposium!

Open to: Patient partners from Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley

Lead Organization or Department

BC Health Information Management Professional’s Society (BCHIMPS)


Each year, BCHIMPS hosts a 1-day spring and fall symposia, for Health Information Management professionals across BC.  New this year, BCHIMPS is seeking a “Patients Included” designation. Patient partners will be asked to contribute their ideas and expertise to the planning of the Spring 2018 symposium (held on March 2 in Vancouver), as well as participate in conference as a conference delegate.

Level of Engagement

This opportunity is at the level of involve on the spectrum of engagement. The promise to you is that the health care partner will involve patients in planning and design phases to ensure ideas or concerns are considered and reflected in alternatives and recommendations.


  • Patient partners should be comfortable working with a diverse group of Health Information Management Professionals and other stakeholders to plan this event
  • Comfort speaking in public is an asset, as there may be opportunities to introduce speakers and participate in Q&A sessions at the event
  • Patient partners should have previously attended a PVN orientation session.  If you have not attended an orientation but are interested please contact the Engagement Leader directly to see if accommodations may be possible.
  • Open to volunteers from the Lower Mainland & Fraser Valley


  • Vacancies: 3
  • Spring Symposium will be held on Friday, March 2. Speaker’s social night will be Thursday, March 1, with patient partners being asked to attend this event as well
  • Event will be held in Vancouver, BC
  • Patient partners should be able to make the following commitments:
    • 1-2 hours of prep time in advance of the event on March 2
    • Participation for one rep in a 30-45 minute meeting with the Board on February 19
    • Participation in the speakers' social on the evening of Thursday, March 1
    • Full day participation in the event itself on March 2 - likely including a role introducing one or more speakers at the event, and actively participating in Q&A sessions throughout the day (to the extent they are comfortable).
    • Participation in the evaluation of the event, and possible contribution of quotes to communications materials related to the event


Expenses related to participation, including transportation, accommodation for the conference, and meals will be covered by BCHIMPS.


BCHIMPS (pronounced “B-CHIMPS”) has been in existence for approximately 30 years, as a way for information management and technology  (“informatics”) professionals who specialize in health care, to come together to network, learn from each other and from the industry worldwide, and to share ideas, experiences and innovations. BCHIMPS is run by a volunteer Board of individuals who work in health informatics. We have been hosting the spring and fall Symposia for more than 20 years. They are generally sold-out, and there are between 100 and 150 delegates at each event. The day is structured as a series of presentations by speakers from the industry, often who speak to the specifics of health information projects that are being implemented across British Columbia. There is always active (and fun) dialogue and time built into the agenda for discussion, questions and answers. Our website is at if you’d like more information. We hope you’ll help us to by considering joining our event planning team and the event itself -- we are more effective as professionals if we can directly learn from and build in the perspectives of the people we serve.

Health Care Partner Contact Information

Anthony Gagné
Engagement Leader, Patient and Public Engagement | Northern Interior

From Our Community

Laura Parmar

Physician Quality Improvement Coach — Northern Health

Laura Palmer

It has been so rewarding to go from an idea to working with such a great group of dedicated people from so many different organizations towards a very fun and rewarding project. Several extremely engaged PVN members expressed interest in being part of piloting a patient virtual care peer support system. I am confident that this is the beginning of many more exciting collaborations!