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,
- We developed and released a pan-Canadian content standard for primary health care electronic medical records, working with jurisdictions and Canada Health Infoway.
- 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 developed the Definitions and Guidelines to Support Alternate Level of Care Designation in Acute Inpatient Care in collaboration with system leaders and selected health regions in Western Canada.
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.
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|HCRS||HCRS and HCRS-CA Specification Changes for 2017–2018||2017–2018||
The 2017–2018 specifications apply as of April 1, 2017, for data collection. The Home Care Reporting System and HCRS — Contact Assessment will be ready to receive data as of June 5, 2017.
|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||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, 2016–2017||2016–2017||
Comparative list of 2016–2017 mandatory and optional data elements for all NACRS data submission options.
|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.
|OMHRS||OMHRS Assessment Types and Data Elements, 2016–2017||2016||
These tables provide a comparative list of assessment types as well as mandatory and optional data elements for the Ontario Mental Health Reporting System (OMHRS).
|OMHRS||System for Classification of In-Patient Psychiatry (SCIPP) Grouping Methodology: Flow Charts and SAS Code, OMHRS Version 2016–2017||2016-2017||
This product describes the System for Classification of In-Patient Psychiatry (SCIPP) grouping methodology through flowcharts and SAS code. This grouping methodology is meant for use with all Ontario Mental Health Reporting System (OMHRS) data.