VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – You can soon check the wait at your local hospital emergency room the same way you do research on cars, computers and plane tickets.

Vancouver Coastal Health Authority is putting estimated ER wait times online.

News1130 told you months ago Vancouver Coastal was working on it; now, the operator of facilities like Vancouver General, Richmond General and Lions Gate Hospitals says the data will be going up and will be continuously updated beginning February 7th.

It’s all about giving you the power to choose, according those behind the move. It should also help hospitals get to patients quicker, as some people may decide to go to a hospital farther away from their home simply because it’s not as busy.

The online data will also include details on parking, including what hours you’ll have to buck-up for pay parking and where the ticket dispensers are.