Data Quality - Heather Richards, Canadian Institute of Health Information (CIHI)
Heather’s discussions focused on the challenges of ensuring data quality across the Canadian health care system – challenges which parallel many of the issues faced here in Australia. She detailed the types of data quality studies performed at CIHI, the range of reporting tools used to ensure ongoing compliance (tools which include ministerial quality briefs), and she demonstrated the importance of communicating data quality in terms that resonate with different health information users. Additionally, Heather outlined the key components of CIHI’s Data Quality Framework. For example, CIHI data quality assessments are structured using five dimensions:
· Accuracy: How well information from a data holding reflects the reality it was designed to measure.
· Timeliness: How up-to-date the data is at the time of release, by measuring the gap between when the reference period for the data ends and when the data becomes available.
· Usability: The ease with which data may be understood and accessed.
· Relevance: The degree to which a data holding meets users’ current and potential future needs.
A copy of Heather's presentation is available (PDF - 2.33MB)
For more information, please see CIHI’s website www.cihi.ca or email CIHI at firstname.lastname@example.org.