Developing and implementing accurate national standards for Canadian health care information
CIHI’s data standards make a positive impact on health care data and are used in each of CIHI’s data holdings. Working with our stakeholders, we take a lead role in developing and implementing national standards to enhance the consistency and accuracy of Canadian health care information. For example,
- We developed and released a pan-Canadian content standard for primary health care electronic medical records, working with jurisdictions and Canada Health Infoway.
- We are collaborating with coroners and medical examiners on guidelines for investigating and reporting drug-related deaths.
- We developed our Acute and Ambulatory Care Data Content Standard, which will increase the collection of structured, comparable data at the point of care, enabling interventions that improve clinical outcomes and reduce costs.
- We developed the Definitions and Guidelines to Support Alternate Level of Care Designation in Acute Inpatient Care in collaboration with system leaders and selected health regions in Western Canada.
The Standards for Management Information Systems in Canadian Health Service Organizations (MIS Standards) 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.
CIHI Reference Data Model
The CIHI Reference Data Model (CRDM) is a high-level, corporate-wide data architecture standard. The goal of the CRDM is to facilitate data integration across CIHI by having common terminology and meaning. To access the CRDM Toolkit, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Data Standards by Data Holding
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|Tips for Coders: ICD-10-CA Classification of Multiple Hernias||2017||
This Tip for Coders is to provide some guidance on the correct ICD-10-CA classification of multiple hernias where different axes of classification are involved.
|Health Based Allocation Model: HBAM Inpatient Group Methodology and Reports at CIHI||2018||
Info sheet describing the Health Based Allocation Model Inpatient Group methodology at CIHI.
|Pan-Canadian Oncology Drug Data Minimum Data Set, 2018||2018||
A document listing the mandatory and optional data elements required to support the collection of comprehensive pan-Canadian oncology drug data.
|CCRS||Continuing Care Reporting System Specification Changes: Bulletin for 2016–2017||2016–2017||
Data submission specification changes for 2016–2017 for CIHI's Continuing Care Reporting System.
|CJRR||Patient-Reported Outcome Measures Data Collection Manual Hip and Knee Arthroplasty||2018||
This manual is intended to serve as a resource for organizations that are interested in collecting PROMs and implementing CIHI standards for PROMs in hip and knee arthroplasty.
|CPCD||MIS Patient Cost Database Methodology||2019||
This document is a comprehensive methodology that describes allocation and cost distribution per patient visit for comparisons and decision-making on resource consumption and performance.
|DAD||Discharge Abstract Database Data Elements, 2016–2017||2016–2017||
Comparative list of 2016–2017 mandatory and optional data elements for DAD acute inpatient and day surgery abstracts.
|DAD||DAD Resource Intensity Weights and Expected Length of Stay (ELOS) for CMG+ 2017||2017||
An explanation of the ELOS calculation and the RIW calculation for typical and atypical acute care inpatient cases.
|DAD||Discharge Abstract Database Data Elements, 2018–2019||2018–2019||
Comparative list of 2018–2019 mandatory and optional data elements for DAD acute inpatient and day surgery abstracts.
|HCRS||HCRS and HCRS-CA Specification Changes for 2017–2018||2017–2018||
The 2017–2018 specifications apply as of April 1, 2017, for data collection. The Home Care Reporting System and HCRS — Contact Assessment will be ready to receive data as of June 5, 2017.
|HMHDB||Hospital Mental Health Database, 2016–2017: User Documentation||2016-2017||
Review the composition of the Hospital Mental Health Database, data quality and other information relevant to data users.
|NACRS||National Ambulatory Care Reporting System Data Elements, 2016–2017||2016–2017||
Comparative list of 2016–2017 mandatory and optional data elements for all NACRS data submission options.
|NACRS||National Ambulatory Care Reporting System Data Elements, 2018–2019||2018–2019||
Comparative list of 2018–2019 mandatory and optional data elements for all NACRS data submission options.