MIS Standards

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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.

Access the current MIS Standards 2016, which came into effect April 1, 2016. What’s new in 2016?

These national standards help to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of Canada’s hospitals and long-term care and residential care, home care, community health, primary care and public health organizations. Ministries of health report detailed financial and statistical data, generated with the MIS Standards, to CIHI’s Canadian MIS Database.

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MIS Standards information

 How to use
 Respiratory services reporting
 Reports and analyses
 Databases and data sources
 Related content

The MIS Standards includes

  • A chart of accounts
  • Accounting principles and procedures
  • Workload measurement systems
  • Indicators
  • Management applications
  • A glossary of terms

Data collected and reported based on the MIS Standards facilitates

  • Accountability reporting by managers for resource use
  • Development of budgets based on meaningful workload and activity projections
  • More precise resource allocation
  • More informed management decisions

How to use the MIS Standards

Core Plan subscribers can obtain the MIS Standards 2016 for free. To find out whether your organization has already downloaded the MIS Standards or is a Core Plan subscriber, please send an email to orderdesk@cihi.ca.

The MIS Standards operates using the Folio Views® platform. If you are familiar with using the internet, you should not have much trouble navigating the MIS Standards. Searching for specific information, printing and using hyperlinks are done in similar ways as online.

New users are advised to read the section MIS Standards Quick Start Guide, which is accessed from the main menu. You may also find it useful to register for CIHI’s online learning course entitled Navigating the MIS Standards With Folio Views® (MIS). This course is offered free of charge to Core Plan subscribers.

CIHI offers other self-directed online learning related to the MIS Standards, as well as face-to-face workshops. Please visit the Learning Centre to find the course or workshop that is best for you.

Respiratory services reporting in the MIS Standards

All aspects of CIHI’s MIS Standards related to respiratory services were redeveloped in 2014–2015. These revisions are published in the MIS Standards 2016.

As a result of the respiratory services redevelopment work, a new perfusion services functional centre was created with new secondary financial and statistical accounts and a new workload measurement system.

The data that is collected and reported supports the management of either respiratory services or perfusion services. It is used for planning and decision-making related to either respiratory or perfusion services operations, as well as for understanding them. Quality data can be used to develop budgets based on workload and activity projections, to provide information on resources, services and their costs, to trend and compare, and to enhance operational efficiency.

Learn more about the respiratory services redevelopment in this series of articles:

Part 1: Project Overview (PDF)
Part 2: The MIS Standards and Data Use (PDF)
Part 3: Improving Data Quality (PDF)
Part 4: The MIS Standards 2016 Revisions (PDF)

Interested professional associations are invited to link to these articles from their own websites.

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Databases and data sources

Canadian MIS Database

The Canadian MIS Database (CMDB) is the national data source for financial and statistical information about hospitals and other health service organizations. Day-to-day health service operations data is collected according to the MIS Standards.


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