Electronic Program Utilization Portal (ePUP) for Hospital-based Research Activities - BC-734

Project type: Innovation
Desired discipline(s): Engineering - computer / electrical, Engineering, Computer science, Mathematical Sciences, Business, Social Sciences & Humanities
Company: BC Children’s Hospital (an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority)
Project Length: 6 months to 1 year
Preferred start date: As soon as possible.
Language requirement: English
Location(s): Vancouver, BC, Canada; Canada
No. of positions: 2
Desired education level: Master'sPhDPostdoctoral fellowRecent graduate
Open to applicants registered at an institution outside of Canada: No

About the company: 

Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) has a unique role in BC's health authority system: to ensure that B.C. residents have access to a coordinated provincial network of high-quality specialized healthcare services, including BC Children's Hospital and BC Cancer.

BC Children's Hospital offers clinics, support services, and hospital care to BC children and their families at the BC Children's Hospital site and Sunny Hill Health Centre.

As an academic health sciences organization, we achieve excellence through knowledge and innovation. We believe in daring to innovate in all areas of our work to provide the best care for patients and families. We encourage one another to be life-long learners. We learn from the experiences of patients and families and value their ideas.

Describe the project.: 

The overarching goal of the project is to develop a single electronic solution to effectively support the operational management of research activities conducted in all clinics and inpatient areas across the Children’s & Women’s Oak Street campus (C&W) which includes: the BC Children’s Hospital and SunnyHill Health Centre for Children, the BC Women’s Hospital and Health Care Centre, the BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute and the Women’s Health Research Institute. We anticipate requiring the support of 2 interns to complete the specific objectives of the project.

Intern #1 will conduct an environmental scan to evaluate operational systems and solutions in existence in other academic health care facilities across Canada to understand processes, workflows, challenges, and limitations. They will also evaluate existing pilot work done to date to determine successes, limitations, and gaps and together with information gathered from the environmental scan determine a design plan for the electronic solution as well as plan, implement, and evaluate the system across the site.

Intern #2 will develop/build new software based on the design plan determined by Intern #1 to create the electronic solution which will be implemented across the site. 

This innovation project will help improve organizational management and workflows, enabling Hospital leaders to make decisions related to operational needs at the intersection between existing clinical care services and evolving improvements to evidence-based clinical care driven by research. The software developed from this project could be applicable in a variety of academic settings to improve existing processes where a structured solution may be required to facilitate organizational review and approval of activities, and/or improve communication and transparency between senior leadership and ground-level activities.

Required expertise/skills: 

Intern #1 - Business development/management, change management, research operations (an asset).

Intern #2 - Computer engineering, software development.