We are currently in an era with exponential growth of readily available data worldwide. The Information Age is indeed defined by the ready access to and ideally the control of information. Consistent with these realities, the Canadian Cardiovascular Society (CCS), its subspecialty affiliates, and quality working groups have engaged in a multipronged approach to define what key data points should be used to define quality and then make these metrics available to facilitate quality improvement within the Canadian health care system.
1Disease- and procedure-related quality indicators have been developed and published to support quality measurement.
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Best practices for developing cardiovascular quality indicators.
Can J Cardiol. 2013; 29: 1516-1519
2The CCS has also partnered with the Canadian Institute of Health Information (CIHI) in the development and reporting of these quality indicators acknowledging that not all quality metrics have the required data sources to facilitate reporting at this point in time. Furthermore, to balance regional variations in patient characteristics, robust risk adjustment models were developed with the help of its clinical advisory group by CIHI for all the reportable/measureable indicators. Currently quality reporting is conducted at the national, provincial, and individual cardiac care centres levels. Results are on the basis of 3 years of pooled data. For the past 2 cycles of reporting the CCS and CIHI have collaborated in releasing the quality indicator data in the public domain.
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Quality of care for percutaneous coronary intervention: development of Canadian Cardiovascular Society Quality Indicators.
Can J Cardiol. 2016; 32: 1570-1573
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- Best practices for developing cardiovascular quality indicators.Can J Cardiol. 2013; 29: 1516-1519
- Quality of care for percutaneous coronary intervention: development of Canadian Cardiovascular Society Quality Indicators.Can J Cardiol. 2016; 32: 1570-1573
- Quality of cardiac care in Canada: recommendations for building a sustainable future.Can J Cardiol. 2018; 34: 800-803
- The Cardiac Care Quality Indicators Report.(Available at:)Accessed November 6, 2018)
Accepted: October 10, 2018
Received: August 28, 2018
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