The MIS Standards is the Standards for Management Information Systems in Canadian Health Service Organizations. It is a set of national standards for gathering and processing data and for reporting financial and statistical data on the day-to-day operations of a health service organization. It provides a framework for integrating clinical, financial and statistical data.
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Hospitals and health regions are expected to submit MIS Standards–compliant financial and statistical data relating to hospital services to the Canadian MIS Database. Health regions also submit data on other health service activities. Most provinces and territories submit hospital data through their respective ministries of health. This information can be used to cost the activities of health service organizations, and it forms the basis of management reporting, including annual general purpose financial statements, financial ratio analysis and operational budgeting.
The Technical Working Group provides expert technical advice on the development, maintenance and effective implementation of the MIS Standards across the continuum of health service delivery. The working group is composed of CIHI’s MIS Standards team and provincial and territorial MIS coordinators.
The MIS Standards 2013 is the latest version of the MIS Standards. It will take effect April 1, 2013. Core Plan subscribers can obtain the MIS Standards 2013 for free. To find out whether your organization has already downloaded the MIS Standards or is a Core Plan subscriber, please send an email to email@example.com.
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Each province and territory has its own MIS coordinator who is part of the Technical Working Group. Please contact this person first if you need implementation support for the MIS Standards. If further information is required, please send an email to CIHI at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 613-241-7860 and ask to speak with an MIS Standards consultant.
The MIS Standards operates using the Folio Views® platform. If you are familiar with using the internet, you should not have much trouble navigating the MIS Standards. Searching for specific information, printing and using hyperlinks are done in similar ways as online.
New users are also advised to read the section MIS Standards Quick Start Guide, which is accessed from the main menu. You may also find it useful to register for CIHI’s online learning course entitled Navigating the MIS Standards With Folio Views® (MIS). This course is offered free of charge to Core Plan subscribers.
CIHI offers other self-directed online learning related to the MIS Standards, as well as face-to-face workshops. Please visit CIHI’s Learning Centre to find the course or workshop that is best for you.
A workload measurement system (WMS) is a tool for measuring the volume of activity provided by a specific functional centre in standardized units of time. When used with other financial and statistical data (such as on hours, staff and service activity), a functional centre’s workload gives managers a good indication of the amount and kinds of services provided in terms of productivity, utilization and financial indicators. Section 4.4 of the MIS Standards provides an overview of workload measurement systems, including discipline-specific categories of workload and classifications for workload activities.
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