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Graduate student research

Jeff Barnett’s MSc thesis, " The Impact of Provincial Privacy Legislation on the Provider Project at the BC Cancer Agency", was about electronic sharing of personal information between providers and consumers in health care. The aim of Jeff’s thesis was to determine whether privacy legislation will impact innovative approaches to patient care.

The example he used was the Provider Project and its effect on the BC Cancer Agency.

  • Jeff's supervisor was Dr. Nicola Shaw, adjunct assistant professor in UVic’s School of Health Information Science.
  • His second reader was Dr. Francis Lau, associate professor in UVic’s School of Health Information Science.
  • His client was Dr. Howard Pai, radiation oncologist within the BC Cancer Agency at the Vancouver Island Cancer Centre.


Dr. Ronald Joe’s MSc thesis, " Special Authority or Special Barrier? PharmaCare Cost Containment Initiatives in British Columbia", was about exploring an informatics solution aimed at improving the process for prescribing Special Authority medications in British Columbia. Dr. Joe surveyed all practicing physicians in the province in order to find solutions to the problem.

  • His supervisor was Dr. Nicola Shaw, adjunct assistant professor in UVic’s School of Health Information Science.
  • His second reader was Dr. Francis Lau, associate professor in UVic’s School of Health Information Science.
  • His client was Dr. Archie Lee Son, in UBC’s Department of Family Practice.

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