Health Quality Ontario uses quality indicators to monitor how well Ontario’s health system is performing.
For example, one indicator might describe the percentage of patients who, after leaving hospital, were admitted again.
While this one indicator will not give us all the information we need to understand why that percentage of people returned to hospital, by looking at this measure with other indicators it can point to areas where health care providers can make changes to provide better care.
Limitations are common and it is important to understand what these limitations are, so we do not mistakenly misinterpret the data.
For example, some quality indicators refer only to special populations, or may exclude certain groups – so applying the results to everyone living in Ontario might overstate the findings.
Health Quality Ontario makes every effort to provide the most up-to-date information on our website.
Health Quality Ontario continually reassesses its list of quality indicators. New indicators may be added and older ones withdrawn as advances in research and evidence are made, or to maintain alignment with other indicator reporting initiatives (such as accountability agreements outlining organizations’ responsibilities, or organizations’ quality improvement plans).
Health Quality Ontario works in partnership with many data providers to be sure the information we report is of the highest quality, and protects patient privacy and confidentiality.
We believe working together is critical to transparency, accountability and creating an integrated, sustainable health system that delivers high quality care to everyone living in Ontario. Through data partnerships that leverage the expertise and align efforts of everyone involved, we can achieve greater results than any organization could alone.
To learn more about our data partners, please visit their websites:
Canadian Institute for Health Information
Community Care Access Centres
Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences
Local Health Integration Networks
Ontario Association of Community Care Access Centres
Ontario Community Support Association
Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
Workplace Safety and Insurance Board
Cardiac Care Network of Ontario
Cancer Care Ontario
College of Nurses of Ontario
Ontario Hospital Association
Ontario Medical Association
Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario
If you have a question about system performance and reporting on Ontario’s health system, please email us at SystemPerformance@HQOntario.ca
Search the detailed technical information of the quality indicators reported on by Health Quality Ontario. Each indicator profile includes a description, technical specifications, and data source information.
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