An important strategy for improving health care in the long-term care setting is measurement and feedback to health care providers engaged in improvement and innovation. This consent and information page is to inform you of how measurement of processes and outcomes of your personal practice in the long-term care setting will be conducted through the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) and Health Quality Ontario (HQO) and to offer you an opportunity to participate.
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May 26, 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), prescribing indicators, clinical indicators, 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. Identifiable participant level results will also be provided to HQO; HQO is responsible for the generation and the provision of the reports to consenting physicians. 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.
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 number, first and last name, phone number and e-mail address above. We intend to link your College number to the databases housed at ICES so as to be able to generate data for your report.
Yes. ICES is named as a prescribed entity under Section 45 of Ontario’s health privacy legislation, 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.
No patient health data will be stored at HQO. Provider data stored at HQO to prepare the reports will be stored on a secure server with limited staff access and password protected. In addition, reports will only be available to a physician via HQO’s secure portal to physicians who have validated their identity.
You will receive practice-level information at regular intervals starting in Fall 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 please contact the Research Oversight and Compliance Office, Human Research Ethics Program, University of Toronto at email@example.com or 416-946-3273.
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.
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