Data Standards and Coding
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This page is a one-stop shop for health information management professionals. You will find tools that support your work in coding and abstracting data for the Discharge Abstract Database (DAD) and National Ambulatory Care Reporting System (NACRS) data holdings. These tools facilitate more effective data collection to enhance data quality.
Discharge Abstract Database (DAD)/National Ambulatory Care Reporting System (NACRS) Abstracting Manual
These manuals are used by health care organizations to submit data on inpatient and ambulatory care visits to the DAD and NACRS. They also provide instructions for collecting inpatient and ambulatory care abstracts through the DAD and NACRS databases. They contain definitions, valid code values and collection guidelines for each data element. Separate manuals are provided for each province and territory.
OTR CDS data comes from 11 lead trauma facilities in Ontario. The data dictionary contains coding guidelines for all data elements in the OTR CDS. It also contains general information on the CDS, such as timelines, participating facilities and terminology, as well as data submission procedures.
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Use this secure and timely method to send data files to CIHI over the internet.
This data submission tool allows those participating in CJRR to enter and submit data. Data on joint replacement procedures is received directly from orthopedic surgeons, facilities, health regions and provincial ministries of health. The tool also allows users to run statistical and summary reports in real time.
This application is used by Canadian health care facilities to securely and anonymously share, analyze and discuss medication/IV fluid incidents. Its data and analyses inform quality improvement activities that foster improvements in health care delivery.
The CORR is a national information system for organ failure that collects information on end-stage renal disease, organ transplants and organ donation in Canada. This online data entry form is a secure submission method available to data providers including hospital dialysis programs, regional transplant programs, organ procurement organizations and kidney dialysis services offered at independent health facilities. These on-line forms can be used to submit individual records directly to CIHI.
Post Data Submission Reports
CIHI has an embargo policy to provide our stakeholders and media clients with early access to reports, Analysis in Brief reports and other products prior to public release. To access CIHI's embargoed material, you must first register and create a profile with CIHI, either as a stakeholder or as a journalist working for a recognized media organization/outlet.
Data Reporting Tools
Quick Stats provide aggregate-level health system data from a variety of data sources. You can view this data in an interactive or static format. View a short Quick Stats video on how to understand and use these reports.
Access enriched, facility-identifiable data from several of our data holdings in a web-based analytical environment.
Use this tool to access shared files—including data files, reports and bulletins—in various file formats. Customers will receive notification when a document is available, allowing them to log in to the Client Services portal from CIHI’s website, go to the Custom Data and Documents link, and download the file.
Electronically submit and access data in a secure environment.
This reporting application allows authorized users to securely access drug claims data and comparative drug coverage information. It informs drug use trends as well as the impact of changes in drug plan policies on the use of prescribed medications.
Use this interactive tool to estimate the average cost of various services provided to the average patient in hospitals. This tool provides information nationally, by jurisdiction and by patient age group. Costs include those incurred by the hospital in providing services but exclude physician fees.
Performance Measurement Tools
Health indicators are standardized measures used to compare health status and health system performance and characteristics among different jurisdictions in Canada. CIHI provides free, aggregate-level data on health indicators. Data is presented in pre-formatted tables that provide a snapshot of the data, as well as in an interactive format that can be manipulated, printed and exported for a dynamic presentation of health statistics.
This easy-to-use library provides information about CIHI’s indicators, including their definitions, methodologies and where to find their results on cihi.ca.
Use this interactive tool to compare results from Canada’s provinces with those from OECD countries, focusing on a subset of OECD quality of care indicators; examine the methodology used to calculate these international indicators, including comparability issues; and find OECD countries that are similar to specific provinces.
This interactive web tool helps Canadians understand how well their health system is performing — province by province, region by region and, for some information, hospital by hospital. The tool has 3 sections. In Brief explores the 15 indicators of health system performance Canadians most want to understand. In Depth provides comparable data for more than 45 indicators. Insight is a password-protected tool that health care decision-makers can use to dig deeper into the data.
Wait time data provides a snapshot of how long patients wait for 1 of 8 priority procedures: hip replacement, knee replacement, hip fracture repair, cataract surgery, coronary artery bypass graft (CABG), radiation therapy, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan and computed tomography (CT) scan. It also shows the proportion of patients who receive care within the benchmark time frame. Also available are surgical wait times for 5 different types of cancer surgery: breast, prostate, colorectal, lung and bladder. Information is presented by province.
Advisory Group Documents
Document repository of meeting materials and working documents—read more about this set of national standards.