The Workplace Health Indicator Tracking and Evaluation (WHITE?) database is a web-based system that centralizes information on incident tracking and case management for the BC health authorities. The information enables the healthcare sector to reduce and/or eliminate workplace injuries, provide prompt clinical and workplace interventions to reduce disability and time loss, and evaluate the effectiveness of health and safety programs.
Similar to other industry sectors, healthcare decision-makers need reliable information regarding the health and safety of their workforce. This includes accurate and comprehensive data about injuries and illnesses occurring in the workplace, why they occur, their consequences, and the effectiveness of actions taken to address them. It is a standard practice to record injuries and forward the appropriate paperwork to the relevant authorities. In British Columbia, this is WorkSafeBC.
Prior to the introduction of the WHITE Database, a variety of paper and electronic systems were utilized in BC healthcare. These systems did not offer the centralization, consolidation or detail required for prompt analysis and action. Because they did not link information, these systems did not allow for comparisons across departments or facilities. In addition, health authorities rarely had easy access to data to monitor the follow-up of injured or ill workers in real time.
Development of the WHITE Database began in 2002, and all BC health authorities now use the system.