Linkage of data across sectors, such as health, education and the environment, helps us to understand the complex interplay of influences on human health, well-being and development. The data sets that we manage are linkable to each other and to other data sets, including researcher-collected data, if approved by the data provider.
We provide academic researchers access to one of the world's most comprehensive collections of health care, health services and population health data. These data sets include longitudinal, person-specific, de-identified health data on BC's 4.7 million residents, from 1985 forward.
Linkage allows information on an individual from one data source to be linked to information on the same individual from another data source. Using linked data makes it possible to gain a more comprehensive understanding than could be obtained from a single data source.
We operate one of the most secure data storage centres in Canada. Our Secure Research Environment (SRE) provides a safe, secure place for researchers to conduct their analysis, while ensuring that privacy sensitive data remains protected. We also offer researchers data storage and archiving services.
The Education and Training Unit (ETU) is an analysis training centre that supports research on human health, well-being and development, and responds to the training and education needs of British Columbia's researchers.