The Home Care Reporting System (HCRS) was launched in 2006–2007. It contains demographic, clinical, functional and resource utilization information on clients served by publicly funded home care programs in Canada.
HCRS captures data on clients at multiple points throughout their home care services.
Clinicians use the information:
- To support front-line care planning and quality improvement at the point of care.
- To support planning, quality improvement, funding and accountability at the management and policy-making levels.
Information on organization characteristics that supports comparative reporting and benchmarking is also captured.
Find out more about home care, including reports and analyses based on HCRS data.
HCRS captures data from many types of organizations responsible for providing publicly funded home care services.
Data submissions to HCRS come from:
- Provincial or territorial ministries of health
- Regional organizations (such as regional health authorities or community care access centres)
HCRS captures standardized, client-specific clinical, demographic, administrative and resource utilization information within a single reporting framework.
As of 2015–2016, the following provinces/territories were submitting data (partially or completely) to HCRS:
- British Columbia
- Newfoundland and Labrador
- Implementation is also under way in Saskatchewan.
Historical data coverage varies. Details are available on request. Please complete a data request form.
Longitudinal data is available from 2006 onwards.
Prior to 2006, limited data is available for some organizations only. Please complete a data request form.
Key components of HCRS are:
- The Resident Assessment Instrument–Home Care (RAI-HC©)
- The interRAI–Contact Assessment (interRAI-CA©)
The RAI-HC© and interRAI-CA© are two assessment instruments developed by interRAI© to assess and measure outcomes and resource use across the continuum of care.
The RAI-HC© provides the clinical data set for long-term supportive care and maintenance home care clients. This standardized instrument provides a common language to assess the health status and care needs of individuals. It also provides a rich data source for planning and quality improvement, including information on:
- Health, functional and cognitive status
- Environmental assessment
The interRAI-CA© captures a brief profile of all people served through screening or home care intake processes.
In addition to the data elements, the RAI-HC© assessment instrument automatically populates a number of outputs or measures, including:
- Clinical Assessment Protocols used by clinicians to identify risk and support care planning
- Outcome scales that summarize function in areas such as cognition, physical function and frailty/instability
- The RUG-III case mix methodology
- Risk-adjusted quality indicators
These derived variables are also available on request.
More detailed information about the HCRS data elements can be found in our eStore.
- RAI–Home Care (RAI-HC©) Manual, Canadian Version
- interRAI© Contact Assessment (CA)© Screening Level Assessment for Emergency Department and Intake From Community/Hospital Assessment Form and User’s Manual
CIHI ensures that the quality of the information in our data holdings is suited to its intended uses and that data users are provided with accurate information about data quality. Read more about our Data Quality Enhancement Program.
The following data quality documentation is available:
- Data Quality Documentation, Home Care Reporting System, 2012–2013
- Data Quality Documentation, Home Care Reporting System, 2011–2012