November 4, 2015 — In conjunction with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) releasing Health at a Glance 2015, the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) has expanded and updated its interactive eTool that compares Canada with other OECD countries on 50 indicators related to 5 dimensions of care: health status, non-medical determinants of health, access to care, quality of care and patient safety.
For the first time, the interactive eTool also allows users to compare provincial results on all 50 indicators in the 5 dimensions of care with the results of 34 OECD countries.
The new data shows that, relative to other OECD countries, there remains considerable variation in Canada’s performance. For most indicators, Canada’s results are in the middle, but there are areas where our results land in the top and bottom quartiles.
The eTool is accompanied by a report, International Comparisons: A Focus on Diabetes. In it, CIHI explores how Canada compares on diabetes prevalence and management. This report is an example of how international comparisons, like those available in CIHI’s eTool, allow us to provide context for health challenges and how they point to potential strategies for improvement that have been successful in other countries.
CIHI collects and analyzes information on health and health care in Canada and makes it publicly available. Canada’s federal, provincial and territorial governments created CIHI as a not-for-profit, independent organization dedicated to forging a common approach to Canadian health information. CIHI’s goal: to provide timely, accurate and comparable health information. CIHI’s data and reports inform health policies, support the effective delivery of health services and raise awareness about the factors that contribute to good health and health care.
For examples of how CIHI data is helping support quality care initiatives in featured health care facilities, see the most recent success stories on our YouTube channel.