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Testing a New Data Model to Support Evidence-Informed Decision Making

Posted on October 29, 2015 by Simon Hagens

A few months ago, Canada Health Infoway’s ImagineNation Data Impact Challenge put out a call to all authorized users of Canadian health data sets to determine if important health and health care questions, like duplication rates for tests and exams, or the impact of prompt discharge summaries on re-admission could be answered in a timely, privacy-sensitive manner.

As a user of health system evidence, I know how hard it can be to find the information needed in a timely manner, so our goal was to test the feasibility of a new model for answering practice and policy questions quickly, and provide confidence by generating evidence from multiple sources.

During the two-month Challenge period, we were amazed with the level of participation and even more excited about the quality of the entries submitted in only 60 days. To say the least, they exceeded our expectations; in fact many of them put a spotlight on important issues affecting care for Canadians. All of these submissions are readily available here.

The Data Impact Challenge team is excited to share some of the insights from the Challenge during the tweet chat with #HCSMCA. We’ll talk about the process, key learnings and what we plan on doing with the insights gathered from the Challenge.

We hope you can join us to discuss these three topics on November 4 at 1 p.m. ET. To participate, please follow #HCSMCA and add the hashtag to all your tweets. During the one-hour tweet chat, we will discuss the following topics:

  • T1: Could data sourced from the challenge be used to inform future policy decisions?
  • T2: How can the insights gained from this data challenge be shared/used?
  • T3: What would you like to learn from future data challenges?

In addition to the tweet chat, we will be sharing the results from the submissions during our webinar series, where some of the participating teams will discuss their results. To learn more about the webinar series, visit our website.

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shagens 100Simon Hagens

Simon Hagens leads performance analytics at Canada Health Infoway, informing Infoway and our partners with the evidence to deliver and optimize digital health for the benefit of Canadians and our health system.

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