Every October, CIHI celebrates World Standards Day and recognizes the important role we play in developing standards for data across the country. Learn more about the standards we develop and the difference they make to health care data by exploring the links below.
As a national organization, we believe pan-Canadian standards are the cornerstone of high-quality, meaningful health information.
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,
- Working with jurisdictions and Canada Health Infoway, we developed and released a pan-Canadian content standard for primary health care (PHC) electronic medical records. (2011)
- We are collaborating — as part of our work on problematic prescription drug use — 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 collaborated with system leaders to develop definitions and Definitions and Guidelines to Support ALC Designation in Acute Inpatient Care (PDF) with selected health regions in Western Canada. These guidelines provide a common understanding of alternate level of care (ALC) definitions and designation standards. CIHI is working with stakeholders to broaden adoption of the guidelines in other regions of Canada.
The standards used in each of CIHI’s data holdings form part of that data holding’s metadata.
Further information can be found about the following standards:
- Case mix systems use CIHI’s data to categorize patients with similar clinical characteristics and resource use into groups for analysis so health care organizations can better plan and manage their services.
- Classification and coding at CIHI help health care professionals maintain, understand and apply clinical data standards within our health care system.
- Data architecture describes how technical information technology standards support the collection, analysis and sharing of health-related data.
- The MIS Standards provides an integrated approach to collecting, integrating and reporting financial and statistical data on the day-to-day operations of health service organizations.