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CPCSSN staff participate in Rogers Media Event Oct. 26, 2013

A feature article in CANADIAN HEALTHCARE MANAGER reported on a full day roundtable discussion entitled: “Electronic medical records: Are we ready for data analytics?”

Dr. Michelle Greiver, family physician, North York Family Health Team and CPCSSN network director for the UTOPIANetwork and Ken Martin, information and technology manager, Canadian Primary Care Sentinel Surveillance Network were two of the eight IT saavy participants experienced with the evolution of EMRs in primary care across Canada.

CPCSSN currently extracts data from over 80 sites across Canada — representing more than 600 physicians and a half a million patients — to create quarterly reports on chronic diseases, epidemiology and (comparative) feedback reports, including patient population characteristics and practice performance indicators, to healthcare providers in participating practices, explained Ken Martin, the network’s information and technology manager. “It turns poor-quality EMR data into usable, actionable information.” This leads to the ability to base care decisions on actual data, said Dr. Michelle Greiver, a participant in the initiative. Dr. Greiver believes programs like CPCSSN are extremely valuable for doctors and the healthcare system as a whole. Care informed by real data is a powerful tool. But the current challenge is scaling up the model across the country: “We can all agree on the same goal of better care,” she said. “So how do we make sure we’re all aligned? How do we support each other to reach this goal?”

This roundtable event was organized by the Rogers Healthcare Group, and sponsored by the Ontario Medical Association and OntarioMD. Click here to sign up for access to CANADIAN HEALTHCARE MANAGER magazine.

CPCSSN Privacy Program receives Innovation Award!

CPCSSN’s privacy program has been awarded the 2013 Innovation Award by the International Association of Privacy Professionals(IAPP) award for organizations of 5,000 or fewer employees organization category.

Congratulations most especially to CPCSSN’s Research Privacy and Ethics Officer (RPEO) Jannet Ann Leggett Ll.B./JD, CIPP/C,M.IP and Donna Manca MD,CCFP, Director of Research Department of Family Medicine University of Alberta for the leadership they have brought to the Privacy and Ethics Sub-Committee (PES-C) of CPCSSN.

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Mainpro-C Credits Online Form now Available

Sentinels can now complete an online submission form for Mainpro-C Credits under the CPCSSN Quality Assurance Program.  If you want to have the Mainpro C credits applied to your membership information please follow these steps:

1. go to  and login with your individual CFPC membership information

2. then look for “MainproC CPCSSN practice audit” forms and option only and when finished click on SUBMIT!

If you want to just have a look at the submission form click here: CPCSSN Quality Assurance Program – Submission form for Mainpro-C Credits

note: If you click on SUBMIT without being logged in as a member your Mainpro C credits will not be automatically applied.



CPCSSN Research Privacy and Ethics Officer Named Privacy by Design Ambassador

Jannet Ann Leggett 280x280We’re proud to announce that CPCSSN Research Privacy and Ethics Officer Jannet Ann Leggett has been named a Privacy by Design Ambassador by Ontario’s Information and Privacy Commissioner, Ann Cavoukian.

Check out Jannet’s page on the Privacy by Design website by clicking here.

If you have any questions or comments about CPCSSN’s work on privacy, you can contact Jannet through our CPCSSN Staff Page or

Establishment of CPCSSN as a Standing Committee of the CFPC Board

The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) has now approved the establishment of CPCSSN as a Standing Committee of the CFPC Board!

Dr. Marie-Dominique Beaulieu, Chair of the CFPC Board of Directors expressed the following in a message to Dr. Richard Birtwhistle, Chair of the CPCSSN “…the CFPC Board of Directors met June 1, 2012 and fully supported the establishment of a CPCSSN standing committee within the College, with you as Chair.”

Inaugural Progress meeting at NPHSNC

The inaugural progress meeting of the National Population Health Study of Neurological Conditions (NPHSNC) was held in Toronto on March 1, 2011.  Over 140 researchers, stakeholders and government representatives and Neurological Health Charities Canada (NHCC) members received a detailed introduction to the work taking place across the country.  Drs. Richard Birtwhistle and Neil Drummond, primary investigators for the Neurological conditions project within CPCSSN, and Anita Lambert-Lanning, CPCSSN manager attended the event on behalf of CPCSSN.  Download Brain Matters newsletters at:

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