Benefits and Value

The Canadian Primary Care Sentinel Surveillance Network (CPCSSN) is a pan-Canadian primary care electronic medical record data platform. CPCSSN securely collects de-identified health information from electronic medical records of participating primary care clinicians who are referred to as ‘sentinels.’ By joining CPCSSN you will become a part of a community of clinicians committed to understanding communicable and chronic disease management and improving patient outcomes. As a sentinel, CPCSSN can enable you to monitor and examine your own practice, which may help with optimizing the management of chronic disease and complex patients.

CPCSSN aims to improve the quality of care for Canadians suffering from 13 chronic and mental health conditions.

CPCSSN provides clinicians with a rigorous Quality Improvement (QI) tool, which can help you implement guideline-based care to improve patient outcomes.

This activity has not been formally reviewed by the CFPC; however, it is eligible for non-certified credits. To report these credits in Mainpro+ please select: “Self-Learning, non-certified and Research” when adding an activity. Mainpro+ participants may also earn 5 additional certified credits by completing a Linking Learning exercise; please see the CFPC website for more details.


Upon joining CPCSSN, you will be provided with patient information posters and handouts explaining what CPCSSN is. These are required to be displayed in your clinic and, if possible, distributed to patients. All patients have the option to opt out of having their data included in the CPCSSN database.

Patients expect that their data are used to generate knowledge for better healthcare services/systems. With this in mind, we have very low numbers of opt outs across Canada. Patients who wish to opt out can notify their primary care practitioner or a clinical staff member, who then must notify their regional CPCSSN network.

Become a Member

To join CPCSSN, contact the regional network closest to you.