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Measuring Up Improving Health System Performance in OECD Countries: Towards integrated and coherent health information systems for performance monitoring: The Canadian experience

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Canada has a great deal of excellent health data; but we are still striving for integrated and coherent information systems in the health domain. There is growing appreciation that the proper kinds of health information systems can:

‐ significantly improve patient care,

‐ support much more effective management of the delivery of health services, and

‐ provide the foundations for major new insights into the determinants of population health.

In addition, these same health information systems, if properly conceived, designed and implemented, can provide the foundations for effective performance monitoring. This paper briefly traces the evolution of these ideas over the past decade, describes the leading current health information initiatives, and links them together into the vision of Canada's "health infostructure".

Document Type: Review Article

Publication date: 2002-04-01

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