A health indicator is a single measure, usually expressed in quantitative terms, that captures a key dimension of health. Dimensions of health can include such things as how many people suffer from chronic disease or have had a heart attack.
Health indicators also capture various determinants of health, such as income, and they capture key dimensions of the health care system, such as how often patients return to hospital for more care after they have been treated.
Our Health System Canadians spend more than $200 billion on health care each year. But how well is the system really performing?
Indicator Library Visit CIHI’s Indicator Library for definitions, methodologies and the location of indicator results on CIHI’s website.
OECD International Comparisons Use CIHI’s interactive web tool to see how provinces compare to OECD countries on 19 quality of care indicators.
Health Indicators 2013 is the 14th in a series of annual reports containing the most recently available health indicators data from the Canadian Institute for Health Information and Statistics Canada.
Health Indicators e-publication
This publication, produced jointly by Statistics Canada and the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI), is a compilation of over 80 indicators measuring health status, non-medical determinants of health, health-system performance and community and health-system characteristics.
This online resource provides 21 clinical indicators and 6 financial indicators that enable hospitals to compare their performance with that of their peers and to learn from leading practices.
Health indicators are standardized measures that can be used to compare health status and health system performance and characteristics among different jurisdictions in Canada.
These indicators support regional health authorities as they monitor the health of their populations and the functioning of their local health systems with quality comparative information.
CIHI provides a range of free, aggregate-level data on health indicators, presented in one of two ways:
Each year, CIHI and registered organizations collect and analyze data related to the health of Canadians and the Canadian heath care system.
To facilitate improved access to timely data, CIHI offers data-submitting organizations an eReporting tool. Registered organizations can use it to submit and access their data electronically through a secure website.
Applications available through Client Services eReporting:
International comparisons provide provincial and territorial governments with a broader context for benchmarking and peer learning. Use this interactive web tool to
Note: This public tool will be retired on August 21, 2014, to make way for a new Interactive Facility/Regional Website. At that time, the contents of this page and its links will be removed.
The Canadian Hospital Reporting Project (CHRP) is a national quality improvement initiative from the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI). CHRP’s interactive web-based tool gives hospital decision-makers, policy-makers and Canadians access to indicator results for more than 600 facilities from every province and territory in Canada.
Several CIHI data sources have been used to produce clinical and financial indicators. Clinical data is drawn from administrative health care databases, such as the Discharge Abstract Database (DAD), the National Ambulatory Care Reporting System (NACRS), the Alberta Ambulatory Care Reporting System (AACRS) and the Hospital Morbidity Database (HMDB), as well as case mix grouping data. Financial data is drawn from the Canadian MIS Database (CMDB) and the DAD.
The majority of acute care hospitals within each province and territory in Canada are participating in CHRP. Currently, this number is approximately 620 hospitals (95% of facilities providing acute care services in Canada).
An indicator is a single measure that represents a key dimension of health status, the health care system or related factors. Indicators can be used to identify potential opportunities for quality improvement and provide a basis for comparison between hospitals or between provincial, regional and national averages.