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Developing and implementing accurate national standards for Canadian health care information

CIHI’s data standards make a positive impact on health care data and are used in each of CIHI’s data holdings. 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,

MIS Standards

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.

CIHI Reference Data Model

The CIHI Reference Data Model (CRDM) is a high-level, corporate-wide data architecture standard. The goal of the CRDM is to facilitate data integration across CIHI by having common terminology and meaning. To access the CRDM Toolkit, email crdm@cihi.ca.

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Data Holding Title Year Description
CIHI's Online Store: Canadian Coding Standards for Version 2015 International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, 10th Revision, Canada 2015 This manual guides the user through the appropriate application of current coding standards for abstracting data elements from health records to populate the Discharge Abstract Database and National Ambulatory Care Reporting System.
Merging and Using the v2015 CIHI Publish Shadow Files 2015

Instructions on how to use the v2015 CIHI Publish Shadow Files and how to merge them with the v2015 classifications.

CCRS Understanding and Using interRAI Assessment Information 2016

Use CIHI/interRAI assessment information.

CCRS Describing interRAI Long-Term Care Facilities Outcome Scales 2016

Details of the interRAI Long-Term Care Facilities (LTCF) outcome scales used in the Continuing Care Reporting System (CCRS).

CCRS Describing interRAI Long-Term Care Facilities Activities of Daily Living 2016

A description of the interRAI LTCF data element Activities of Daily Living (G1).

CCRS Describing interRAI Long-Term Care Facilities Therapy Services 2016

A description of the interRAI LTCF Therapy Services data elements (O3 a–d, f, g).

CCRS Describing interRAI Long-Term Care Facilities Functional Restrictive Devices 2016

A description of the interRAI LTCF Functional Restrictive Devices data element (O7).

CCRS Describing interRAI Long-Term Care Facilities Functional Rehabilitation/Walking Program 2016

A description of the interRAI LTC Functional Rehabilitation/Walking Program data element (O3e).

CMDB Management Information System Standards 2016 2016–2021 MIS Standards for 2016, including accounting principles and procedures, a national chart of accounts, statistical data collection, patient costing and cost allocation methods.
CMDB Management Information System Standards 2013 2013 MIS Standards for 2013, including accounting principles and procedures, a national chart of accounts, statistical data collection, patient costing and cost allocation methods.
CMDB Respiratory Services Redevelopment Project, Part 4: The Management Information System Standards 2016 Revisions 2016

Information on the changes in reporting for respiratory services for the MIS Standards 2016.

DAD Discharge Abstract Database Data Elements, 2015–2016 2015–2016

Comparative list of 2015–2016 mandatory and optional data elements for DAD acute inpatient and day surgery abstracts.

DAD DAD Resource Intensity Weights and Expected Length of Stay (ELOS) for CMG+ 2016 2016

An explanation of the ELOS calculation and the RIW calculation for typical and atypical acute care inpatient cases.

HMDB Discharge Abstract Database Data Elements, 2015–2016 2015–2016

Comparative list of 2015–2016 mandatory and optional data elements for DAD acute inpatient and day surgery abstracts.

HMHDB Hospital Mental Health Database, 2015-2016: User Documentation 2015-2016

Describes the composition of the Hospital Mental Health Database (HMHDB), data quality and other information relevant to data users.

NACRS National Ambulatory Care Reporting System Data Elements, 2015–2016 2015–2016

Comparative list of 2015–2016 mandatory and optional data elements for all NACRS data submission options.

NACRS National Ambulatory Care Reporting System Data Elements, 2014–2015 2015

Comparative list of 2014–2015 mandatory and optional data elements for all NACRS data submission options.