Highlights Board of Directors Meeting

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Highlights of the CIHI Board of Directors Meeting

November 14, 2013

Westin Harbour Castle

Toronto, Ontario




B. Postl (Chair)


L. Boileau


L. Castonguay


M. Dahl


J. Davidson


V. Goel


D. Hallett


J. McGarry


E. McKnight


P. Morrison


D. Ostrow


M. Smadu


V. Yiu


Staff: J. Wright (President and CEO), B. Diverty, C. Heick, A. McFarlane, S. Murray, L. Ogilvie, J. Veillard

Guests: S. Paradis, J. Bégin, D. Sissons, R. Alvarez

Recorder: L. Lennox


The Chair, Dr. Brian Postl, called the Board of Directors meeting to order at 9:45 a.m. and welcomed those present. He introduced new member Dr. Verna Yiu, Canada-at-large representative, reporting that she joined the Finance and Audit Committee (FAC).

Mr. John Wright, President and CEO, then provided an update on the succession planning for vacant positions on the Board.

President’s Report

Mr. Wright provided an overview of some of the accomplishments of the second quarter of 2013–2014 and activities that occurred leading up to the Board meeting. He reported on several corporate-level initiatives, including the development of a briefing book for the new CEO and the Interagency Collaboration Group (ICG) meeting in December. He further reported that the ICG has been working on collaboration activities and has been sharing practices in relation to governance, compensation and travel in hopes of promoting best practices and sharing preferred travel and accommodation rates as a group.

He went on to report on the program of work, including the patient experience database, reporting that phase one will be completed by March 31, 2014, and that the organization will be requesting the participation and funding of at least three provinces to move forward. He also provided updates on the receipt of fee-for-service physician data, the Population Risk Adjustment Grouper, oncology drug data, funding for the Canadian MIS Database, the development of the 2014 analytical plan, a national forum for high-cost users, CIHI’s social media strategy and how CIHI is making products more user-friendly to ensure they can be accessed by the public. He then provided an overview of the Activity-Based Funding Forum that will take place at the end of November.

Mr. John McGarry, Chair of the FAC, reported on financial highlights from the Q2 progress report.

Mr. Wright completed his President’s Report by summarizing the quarterly performance indicators, noting that overall results are very positive. He also referred members to the summaries of recent releases on physicians, nurses, the harmful incidents indicator and preventable dental caries, which were included in the Board material for information.

Employee Survey Results

Ms. Louise Ogilvie, Vice President, Corporate Services, introduced Mr. David Sissons, Hay Group, who presented the results from the 2013 Employee Survey. Ms. Ogilvie then provided an overview of the action plan to address areas of potential improvement highlighted in the survey.

Report of the Governance Committee

Ms. Janet Davidson, Chair of the Governance Committee, provided a verbal report on the Governance Committee meetings held September 25 and October 23, 2013, including an update on Board succession planning, the definition of “non-government representative” and CIHI’s 20th anniversary preparations.

Public Reporting of Attendance at Board Meetings

Ms. Davidson provided an overview of a proposal to include directors’ attendance at Board meetings in the highlights posted to CIHI’s website. Members were supportive of this proposal.

Report of the Privacy and Data Protection Committee

Dr. Vivek Goel, Chair of the Privacy and Data Protection (PDP) Committee, provided a verbal report on the PDP Committee meeting held on November 5, 2013, including an update on the Privacy Audit Program, the Prescribed Entity Review submission and privacy orders and reports.

Project Updates

Lean (Progress Report)

Ms. Ogilvie presented an update on the corporate Lean program.

Capacity-Building: Multi-Year Plan

Ms. Ogilvie presented an update on capacity-building and knowledge exchange, and the proposed multi-year plan.

Data Access and Integration Strategy

Mr. Brent Diverty, Vice President, Programs, presented an update on the data access and integration strategies.

New Information Products: National Health Expenditures

Mr. Diverty presented the key findings and products from the 2013 National Health Expenditure Database (NHEX) release.

International Perspectives

Jeremy Veillard, Vice President, Research and Analysis, presented an update on two of CIHI’s analytical reports on international comparisons using data from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

Statistics Canada Update

Mr. Peter Morrison, Assistant Chief Statistician, Statistics Canada, provided a verbal update on some of the comparability issues related to the 2011 National Household Survey data and on a pilot project to test a module for the Canadian Community Health Survey.

Session of Independent Board Members

An in camera session of the Board was held.

CIHI Facility-Level Identifiable Information Policy

Ms. Ogilvie provided an overview of the proposed changes to the Policy on Health Facility Identifiable Information, including a review of the consultations that are currently under way.

Health System Performance Initiative Update

Mr. Veillard presented an update on the Health System Performance Initiative.

Report of the Human Resources Committee

Dr. Postl, Chair of the Human Resources (HR) Committee, provided an update on the items discussed at the HR Committee meeting held on November 1, 2013, including the employee survey, compensation budgeting assumptions, CIHI’s HR program’s objectives and initiatives, a review of the Canadian Association of Pension Supervisory Authorities (CAPSA) governance self-assessment and the management certification report for occupational health and safety.

Primary Health Care: What’s Next?

Ms. Caroline Heick, Executive Director, Ontario, Quebec and Primary Health Care, presented an update on the future directions for CIHI’s primary health care information program.

Key Findings From Upcoming Releases

Prescribed Drug Spending

Mr. Diverty presented preliminary findings from the prescribed drug spending report, which is scheduled for release on February 25, 2014.

Measuring Health System Efficiency in Canada

Mr. Veillard presented key findings from an upcoming analytical product focused on health system efficiency.

Report of the Finance and Audit Committee

Mr. John McGarry, Chair of the FAC, provided an update on the business arising from the FAC meeting held the morning of November 14, 2013. He provided an overview of the items discussed, including the CIHI Pension Plan, internal audits on information security, external audits, the performance audit (a Health Canada funding agreement requirement) and the sole-source request report for the period April 1 to September 30, 2013. Mr. McGarry also noted that the Management Certification Report for Statutory Remittances was included in the Board material for information purposes.

2014–2015 Corporate Priorities and Planning/Budgeting Assumptions

Ms. Ogilvie provided an overview of the corporate priorities and planning/budgeting assumptions for 2014–2015, which were developed based on the three-year business plan and include specific initiatives and key activities. She noted that they will be used in the development of the 2014–2015 operational plan and budget.

Guest Speaker

Dr. Postl introduced Mr. Richard Alvarez, President and CEO, Canada Health Infoway (Infoway), who presented on Infoway’s work with improving patient experience through innovative digital health solutions.

Next Board Meeting

The next Board meeting will be held March 13 and 14, 2014, in Ottawa, Ontario.

For more information, please contact

Francine Anne Roy

Director, Strategy and Operations

Phone: 613-694-6432

Email: froy@cihi.ca

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Ottawa, Ontario K2A 4H6

Phone: 613-241-7860

Fax: 613-241-8120

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