A key strategy for improving primary health care is measurement and feedback to primary health care practices engaged in improvement and innovation. This consent and information page is to inform you of how measurement of primary care processes and outcomes will be conducted through the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) and Health Quality Ontario (HQO) and to offer you an opportunity to participate.
If you would like to participate, please kindly fill in the required fields below and read the information and consent in the accompanying box. If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 416-323-6868.
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July 8, 2015
The Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) is an independent, non-profit research institute that is funded mainly by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care of Ontario to conduct research that contributes to the effectiveness, quality, equity and efficiency of health care and health services in Ontario. Health Quality Ontario (HQO) is an independent government agency that is working toward a health care system that is sustainable, improves continually, and uses evidence to optimize population health and provide excellent care for all Ontarians. ICES and HQO have worked together to establish a process for providing information from health administrative databases to practices that wish to participate in quality improvement activities. Key to the knowledge produced at ICES is the ability to anonymously link population-based health information on an individual patient basis, using unique ICES identifiers that ensure the privacy and confidentiality of health information. HQO is partnering with ICES to provide performance measures over time that can support quality improvement.
Cross-sectional and longitudinal data will be generated that includes practice demographics and case mix, patterns of service utilization (e.g., emergency room visits, hospital admissions, specialist referrals), chronic disease prevention and management and health status of the practice population. These data will include comparisons with other relevant practices and will be updated on a regular basis. Results will be provided to consenting participants, identifying only themselves. Specific to Community Health Centres aggregate practice level data will be shared with other consenting participating CHCs within their region. Results will also be provided to HQO. ICES and HQO will not further release identified/identifiable data without additional written consent of the participating practice. Only aggregate practice level data will be provided. No patient-level information will be provided.
Individual providers that wish to receive their individual practice results will provide consent by checking the ‘I have read and agree to the terms’ box below and by providing their College of Physicians and Surgeons (CPSO) number, first and last name, phone number and e-mail address above. We will link the CPSO number to the databases housed at ICES to generate data for your report.
For Executive Directors of Family Health Teams or Community Health Centres, that wish to receive their organization’s practice results, will provide consent by checking the ‘I have read and agree to the terms’ box below and by providing their group identifiers, first and last name, phone number and e-mail address above. Executive directors must ensure that all physicians in each of the groups listed are aware of this request and none have objected. We will link your group identifiers to databases housed at ICES to generate data for your report.
Yes. ICES is named as a prescribed entity under Section 45 of Ontario’s health privacy legislation, Personal Health Information Protection Act, (PHIPA), which provides the legal authority for ICES to conduct research about the practice patterns of providers like you. This is because ICES has very strict privacy policies, practices and procedures as well as data security arrangements that have been reviewed and approved by the Privacy Commissioner of Ontario. A detailed report can be found on our website: http://www.ices.on.ca.
You will receive practice-level information at regular intervals starting in 2015 about your patient population and their utilization of health services that will enable you to better plan and monitor the impact of your quality improvement work and the services you provide.
Please do not hesitate to contact us at the numbers below if you have any questions. If you have any questions about the rights of research participants contact Dr. Brian Murray, Chair of the Sunnybrook Research Ethics Board, at 416-480-6100, ext. 88144.
I have read and understood the Provider Information and Consent information above. I have been given the opportunity to ask any questions I may have pertaining to this project.
NOTE: The MyPractice: Primary Care group reports group reports are intended for the use of Family Health Team and/or Community Health Centre Executive Directors. By clicking continue, you confirm you are an Executive Director of a Family Health Team and/or Community Health Centre and that you have read and understood the Provider Information and Consent information. If you are a primary care physician click cancel to return to the login and sign up page.
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