CPCSSN Prospectus January 2015 just released

As CPCSSN zeros in on the end of it’s Phase III operations it has released it’s first PROSPECTUS.   The PROSPECTUS has been developed to focus on making a difference where health matters and move forward in  three (3) major research arenas:  sentinel EMR surveillance, research and knowledge development, and practice transformation.   To download or  open a pdf copy of the document click here  CPCSSN_ProspectusVersion_Jan14-2015

Validating 8 CPCSSN Case Definitions for Chronic Disease Surveillance published in Annals of Family Medicine

CPCSSN data are appropriate for use in public health surveillance, primary care, and health services research, as well as to inform policy for these diseases. The full details on CPCSSN case validation work can be found at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4096475/

– The full reference for this CPCSSN published has been added to the ENDNOTE cloud part of the CPCSSN website also at http://cpcssn.ca/research-resources/resources-2/

Williamson T, Birtwhistle R, Khan S, Garies S, Wong S, Natarajan N, et al. Validating the 8 CPCSSN Case Definitions for Chronic Disease Surveillance in a Primary Care Database of Electronic      Health Records. Annals of Family Medicine. 2014 July 14;12(4) July/August):367-72.Methodology. Epub July 14, 2014. English.

– Check out the CPCSSN case definitions list at http://cpcssn.ca/research-resources/case-definitions/

Prevalence and Epidemiology of Diabetes in Canadian Primary Care Practices: A Report from the Canadian Primary Care Sentinel Surveillance Network


Published online today; this study describes care patterns for 25,000 people with diabetes: http://www.canadianjournalofdiabetes.com/article/S1499-2671%2814%2900097-5/abstract.  Vancouver style reference to this “in press” citation  for your reference:

Greiver M, Williamson T, Barber D, Birtwhistle R, Aliarzadeh B, Khan S, Morkem R, Halas G, Harris S, Katz A.  Prevalence and Epidemiology of Diabetes in Canadian Primary Care Practices: A Report from the Canadian Primary Care Sentinel Surveillance Network.  Canadian Journal of Diabetes 16 May 2014 (in-press 10.1016/j.jcjd.2014.02.030)

“Primary Health Care Intelligence: the 2013 progress report of the Canadian Primary Care Sentinel Surveillance Network (CPCSSN)” is now available

This report was prepared primarily for CPCSSN stakeholders and partners in order to share what has been accomplished to date in the realm of governance, IT, Privacy and Ethics, as well as surveillance and research. The contents includes a few highlights of information about each of the eight (8) CPCSSN chronic conditions* for which data validation was conducted plus obesity.

*Alzheimer’s including dementia

Each of the eight conditions will also have their own expanded publication being released in a Canadian healthcare research journal during 2014-2015. Notice of these and other publications / presentations / posters are updated on the new CPCSSN website at http://cpcssn.ca / http://rcsssp.ca but we will also let you know as each publication is released via another CPCSSN ALERT. CPCSSN_PrimaryHealthcareIntelligence2013report_EN

CPCSSN’s Data Presentation Tool (DPT) discussed at Montreal Symposium on e-health Oct 3-4, 2013

Have a look at this video link below about the CPCSSN Data Presentation Tool (DPT). The DPT is an EMR linkable software application that produces sentinel feedback reports for various CPCSSN networks across Canada. The speakers: Gilles Brousseau (MD, MCFP) who is part of the family medicine group (FMG) of St. Alexander, PQ. In addition, he also holds the position of Regional Director of Medical Education in Ottawa. Michelle Greiver (MD, MSc, CCFC, FCFP) is herself an assistant professor of family medicine at the University of Toronto and North York Family Health Team representative director of the Canadian Primary Care Sentinel Surveillance Network from The University of Toronto Practice Based Research Network (UTOPIAN).

The video was recorded at the symposium “Communication in the heart of e-health: Opportunities and challenges for patients, health professionals and organizations” which was held in Montreal on 3 and 4 October 2013. This video is a production by a team of Internet and Axis network health research in population health in Quebec. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9MeMHFo2uGk

Find more videos of the conference by clicking on this link: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLvEJNnX_FGJ3J1tJ7F8WcNyRKUBgl3Q-x

CFPC-CPCSSN Chair Receives Queen’s Prize for Excellence in Research Award Nov 20, 2013!

Dr. Richard Birtwhistle, CFPC-CPCSSN committee chair, has won a Queen’s University Prize for Excellence in Research Award.

This award is given for excellence in scholarly research, research mentorship and research leadership. Dr. Birtwhistle was nominated by the Department of Family Medicine, the CSPC and his Canadian Primary Care Sentinel Surveillance Network (CPCSSN) colleagues, particularly for the development of CPCSSN.

The award was presented at this year’s Fall Convocation on Wednesday, November 20 at 2:30 p.m. at Grant Hall. read more

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.

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