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  • PS03 - Accelerating Information Use and Access (ID 12)

    • Event: e-Health 2017 Virtual Meeting
    • Type: Panel Session
    • Track: Executive
    • Presentations: 1
    • Coordinates: 6/06/2017, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM, Room 202AB
    • PS03.01 - Modernizing Secondary Use Data Flows in Canada (ID 184)

      Greg Webster, AACIS, CIHI; Toronto/CA

      • Abstract
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      Purpose/Objectives: This panel presentation will provide pan-Canadian, local/healthcare organization and vendor perspectives on reducing data collection burden for secondary use/analytics purposes. Each of the panelists will speak to projects they have undertaken to modernize data supply for secondary purposes and learnings from these. Attendees will learn how investments made in eHealth/digital technology can be leveraged to access near-real-time data for planning and management purposes and the role data standards play in this work

      Methodology/Approach: Health delivery organizations and their funders need timely, quality and affordable data. eHealth systems are integral to patient care and effective planning and health system management, and can hold the key to providing the data our healthcare system needs. CIHI’s 28 pan-Canadian health databases support many health system uses, including policy-making and health system management, and provide highly relevant information and indicators on acute and ambulatory care across Canada. CIHI has a strategy for modernizing and automating the way data flows to it from eHealth systems as a more cost-effective way to meet acute and ambulatory care data requirements and to have better data to support interoperable patient care. CIHI will describe this proactive data strategy and our recommendations on how to realize the potential benefits and minimize risk.

      Finding/Results: CIHI will present with two organizations to provide a pan-Canadian, local (e.g. a hospital) and vendor perspective on how eHealth investments impact health system use and drive long-term benefits such as cost savings, resulting in improved access to data for patient management and planning purposes. Early findings from demonstration projects with these organizations indicate that 30% of effort can be reduced via automation because of a lesser resource draw to enter/code data (over time the proportion automated should increase with corresponding savings). In concrete terms, this translates to an estimated savings of 6.6 minutes per record and a potential savings of $10 million across the country each year, not to mention the substantial value that can be gained with access to more and near real-time data. A success story demonstrating these benefits will be showcased by each panel member.

      Conclusion/Implications/Recommendations: Alternative means of sourcing data for secondary purposes is a strategy that is being examined and implemented by many countries that are reaching an advanced stage of ehealth maturity. As Canada progresses on its own ehealth journey, a number of opportunities are emerging, beyond just clinical use of digitized health data. Specifically, this data is helping to reduce data reporting burden, realize cost savings, and improve access to data that facilitates system planning and management decisions while patients are still being cared for within a hospital rather than after discharge.

      140 Character Summary: A pan-Canadian, hospital and vendor perspective on how eHealth investments can lead to cost savings and improved access to data for secondary purposes.

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