Welcome to Island Health

On August 1 st, we launched our new public website:


and a new website for medical staff:


Our website was developed in partnership with patients and residents of Vancouver Island and the surrounding regions. It's accessible, mobile friendly and flexible to help us evolve with our communities as we work towards excellent health and care for everyone, everywhere, every time.

Come visit the new sites and update your bookmarks. This www.viha.ca site will continue to be available for one month so that our staff and partners have time to update their links to the new site. You can still browse the old site but it will no longer be updated.


Genome SpecTRA Project

The Genome SpecTRA project is a 4-year, $9.6 million dollar research contract, hosted and co-funded by Island Health and sponsored by Genome BC and Genome Canada. Island Health is collaborating with more than 10 organizations on the project, including the University of Victoria, the University of Calgary, the BC Centre for Disease Control, Stroke Services BC, and the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

The SpecTRA project has two primary goals:

  1. To develop a quick and inexpensive multi-protein blood test for diagnosing acute cerebrovascular syndrome (ACVS); and
  2. To create a clinical decision support tool for calculating the risk profiles of patients who present to Emergency Departments with stroke-like symptoms.

SpecTRA will help clinicians diagnose potential stroke patients in the Emergency Department, and provide guidelines for appropriate and timely medical imaging.  SpecTRA is about precision medicine; it aims to provide the right care at the right time to the right patient, and to reduce the burden of stroke by catching undiagnosed strokes and identifying high-risk patients earlier.

To date, the project has enrolled over 1,800 participants through Emergency departments in Victoria (BC), Nanaimo (BC), and Calgary (AB) and holds one of the largest TIA plasma biobanks in the world. The SpecTRA project is a partner in the International Stroke Biomarker Network, and preliminary TIA biomarker results are expected to be available in fall 2017.

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