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Looking ahead

Exploring the possibilities together

The end users of CIHI’s data are among our most important stakeholders. Meet Tara Chorney, data quality manager at Alberta Health. She tells us why she has CIHI on speed dial. 

Tell me about your relationship with CIHI.

I’ve been in this role for 8 years and I would say that I interact with CIHI in some way almost every week. I may be looking for information about a particular data collection standard or CIHI may be looking at our provincial data and have a question for me. I also sit on 2 national committees led by CIHI. It’s a very collaborative relationship.

How does CIHI help?

CIHI plays an important facilitation role in getting everyone to talk to one another. We all have similar challenges. For example, every province is working on primary care and electronic health records. In Alberta, we are using CIHI’s primary care data set as a starting point. The common thread is definitely communication. It’s great to have that national perspective.

What’s on the horizon?

2018 is going to be a big year. CIHI will be releasing new versions of ICD-10-CA/CCI codes, the Canadian Coding Standards, and the DAD and NACRS abstracting manuals.* We’re preparing for the changes and responding to CIHI’s requests for feedback. In fact, there is a lot of discussion and dialogue involving all of the provinces and territories. It’s great to have a heads up and to know what to expect. For example, right now we’re looking at a national method for capturing data that will better identify homeless patients who receive acute health care services. Capturing the data in a standardized fashion provides for data that is of high quality and is a valuable resource for research and analytics. It’s an opportunity to look at what we do and how we could do it better.

* We use a lot of acronyms at CIHI! Here’s what they mean:

  • ICD-10-CA: International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, 10th Revision, Canada
  • CCI: Canadian Classification of Health Interventions 
  • DAD: Discharge Abstract Database
  • NACRS: National Ambulatory Care Reporting System

The common thread is definitely communication. It’s great to have that national perspective.

Tara Chorney, Alberta Health