Highlights of the CIHI Board of Directors Meeting

November 18-19, 2010
The Sutton Place Hotel
Toronto, Ontario

November 18, 2010

The Chair, Dr. Brian Postl called the Board of Directors meeting to order at 12:00 p.m. He went on to introduce Mr. Wayne Smith, Acting Chief Statistician and Mr. David Clements, Director, Corporate Planning and Accountability to their first CIHI Board meeting.

Confirmation of Officers
Given the recent change in Board leadership, it was necessary to confirm Officers of the Corporation. The process involved confirming Dr. Brian Postl as Board Chair and Dr. Vivek Goel as Vice-Chair.

President’s Report
Mr. Wright, in his President’s Report to the Board, focused his remarks on corporate level highlights, including the work underway for the next strategic directions, the renewal of the funding agreement with Health Canada and the renewal of bilateral agreements with the provinces/territories, CIHI’s leadership role in developing a template to renew its prescribed entity status, the introduction of a Board portal, CIHI’s recent recognition as a top recruiter, and the success of recent conferences, in particular the WHO-FIC Conference and the Data Users Conference. He then reported on the positive feedback being received on the Canadian Hospital Reporting Project (CHRP), the work underway with Ontario related to the Health Based Allocation Model (HBAM), the submission of drug plan data from the First Nations and Inuit Health Branch (FNIHB), recent report releases, including H1N1, pharmacists, nurses, Health Care in Canada and HSMR, and the launch of CIHI’s website.

Performance Audit and Evaluation
Ms. Nancy Chase, Associate Partner at KPMG, presented the results and recommendations from the CIHI Performance Audit. Following the presentation, Ms. Louise Ogilvie, Vice President, Corporate Services, provided an overview of management’s response to the recommendations. Mr. Doug Williams, Associate Partner at KPMG, presented on the analysis and results of the CIHI Evaluation.

Customer Strategy
Mr. Louis Barré, Vice President, Strategy, Planning and Outreach, presented an overview of CIHI’s high level Customer Strategy.

Strategic Directions Beyond 2011-2012
Mr. Barré presented an update on the planning and consultation process related to the renewal of CIHI’s strategic directions and funding. Mr. Wright discussed possible future changes to CIHI’s funding levels and the strategy that management will be using to account for any decreases in funding levels.

Standing Item: Primary Health Care
Mr. Jeremy Veillard, Vice President, Research and Analysis presented on the progress of the Primary Health Care Information program.

Health Care Cost Drivers
Mr. Jean-Marie Berthelot, Vice President, Programs, presented on CIHI’s new analytical initiative, Health Care Cost Drivers.

Governance Update
Dr. Postl provided an overview of the 2010-2011 governance work plan and the updated Board Committee structure, noting its alignment with governance best practices.

Health System Uses of EHR/EMR Data
Mr. Allan Gregg and Mr. Scott Reid presented the results of recent polling/focus groups and the proposed engagement strategy related to health system use of EHR/EMR data.

November 19, 2010

Session of Independent Board Members
A session of independent Board members was held prior to re-convening the meeting. During the session, Mr. Wright presented an overview of proposed changes to CIHI’s compensation strategy. Mr. John McGarry, Chair of the FAC, went on to provide a summary of the discussion at the FAC meeting. Board members were supportive of the recommendations.

Health System Uses of EHR/EMR Data: Continued Discussion
Ms. Anne McFarlane, Vice President, Western Office and Developmental Initiatives, and Mr. Barré updated the Board on the activities related to the Health System Uses of the EHR/EMR Data Initiative, noting the progress made since the last presentation in June 2010.

Report of the Finance and Audit Committee
Mr. McGarry provided an update on the business arising from previous meetings and the meeting held on November 18, 2010, including internal audits, CIHI Pension Plan, sole source contracting and the 2011-2012 corporate priorities and planning/budgeting assumptions.

Privacy and Data Protection (PDP) Committee Update
Dr. Vivek Goel, Chair of the PDP Committee, provided an update to the Board on the activities of the PDP Committee, including the Committee’s membership, recommendations from the KPMG Performance Audit and management’s response, the work underway to renew CIHI’s prescribed entity status and a recent privacy audit.

CPHI Priority Projects
Dr. Cory Neudorf, Chair of the Canadian Population Health Initiative (CPHI) Council, provided an update to the Board on the activities of CPHI and the Council, including the Urban Physical Environment Report and Policy Review, the Analysis in Brief Hospitalization Disparities by Socio-Economic Status for Males and Females, the newest Council member, Mr. Michel Roy, the partnership with CIHR Institute of Population and Public Health (IPPH)) on the development of a casebook on population health intervention research (PHIR), CPHI strategic planning and evaluation, and a new analytic report no obesity, in partnership with PHAC.

Mr. Veillard then presented results from the analysis on Urban Physical Environments.

Statistics Canada Update
Mr. Gary Catlin, Director General, Statistics Canada introduced Mr. Jeff Latimer, Director, Health Statistics, Statistics Canada, who presented on the National Routing System (NRS) and the Rapid Response System from the Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS), projects which both provided for improved timeliness and new opportunities for utilizing key data programs.

Joint Analytical Plan CIHI – Statistics Canada
Mr. Catlin and Mr. Veillard presented on the development of a joint analytical plan between CIHI and Statistics Canada for the period of November 2010 to March 2012.

CIHI Priority Projects

Cancer Data Acquisition and Analysis Study
Ms. McFarlane presented on the cancer data acquisition and analysis study.

National Health Expenditures
Mr. Berthelot presented key findings from the 2010 release.

Health Care in Canada 2010
Mr. Veillard presented an update on the content and release of Health Care in Canada.

Next Board Meeting
The next Board meeting will be held on March 3-4, 2011 in Ottawa, Ontario.

For more information, please contact:
David Clements
Director, Corporate Planning and Accountability
Tel.: (613) 694-6265
e-mail: dclements@cihi.ca

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