Integrating Data Across the Health Care Continuum
May 11, 2018

We need good information to effectively manage our health system. Numerous sources of health data have been used to support decision-making in the past. Many of these traditional sources, such as hospital information systems and medical billing systems, are still valid. However, the conversion of Canada’s fragmented, paper-based clinical systems to electronic records creates a unique opportunity to integrate data across the health care continuum and to better understand the health of Canadians and our health system.” 
 Canadian Institute for Health Information

The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) collects a wide variety of important data from across the country. With this data, they create a number of reports highlighting patient care in different health settings, the health workforce, health spending, and health system performance.

Many of these databases are made available to researchers, decision-makers and health managers to assist with answering important research questions, inform decision-making and to calculate key health indicators. Some notable databases include:

  • Discharge Abstract Database (DAD): captures administrative, clinical and demographic information on hospital discharges (including deaths, sign-outs and transfers).
  • National Ambulatory Care Reporting System (NACRS): contains data for all hospital-based and community-based ambulatory care (Day surgery, outpatient clinics, emergency departments).
  • National Rehabilitation Reporting System (NRS): collects data from participating adult inpatient rehabilitation facilities and programs across Canada.
  • Continuing Care Reporting System (CCRS): contains demographic, clinical, functional and resource utilization information on individuals receiving continuing care services in hospitals or long-term care homes in Canada.

In addition to the databases available by request, CIHI also provides publicly accessible data, interactive reports and analytical tools. These include wait times reports, a patient cost estimator, and an indicator library.

To learn more about how your organization can utilize these datasets for your next research project, book a consultation:
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