OTTAWA, June 27, 2012 /CNW/ - The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health, today announced Harper Government funding to allow the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) to continue its work of providing reliable data about the health care system.
"The Harper Government is committed to protecting the health and safety of Canadians," said Minister Aglukkaq. "This investment will fund research that provides accurate information about the state of healthcare in Canada and the overall health of Canadians."
Performance measurement and reporting are used in leading health systems around the world to drive change and innovation. Through organizations like CIHI, Canada has a strong foundation on which to build the development of comparable measures and performance reporting.
"Our Government has announced its intention to provide record levels of long-term, stable funding for Canada's health system," said Minister Aglukkaq. "While we respect provincial and territorial jurisdiction, we can show leadership at the federal level by funding an organization like CIHI, to make sure we're measuring results in the same way across the country. Sharing the results with Canadians helps increase transparency and accountability in healthcare."
"Whether you're a minister of health, a CEO of a hospital or a manager in the health system, you need good data to make sound clinical, resource and administrative decisions," said Dr. Brian Postl, Chair of the CIHI Board of Directors. "We are grateful for this funding which recognizes CIHI's unique role in the health system. It will allow us to continue our work of connecting comparable health data from across the country to support decisions that lead to improved health care and healthier Canadians."
CIHI is an independent, not-for-profit corporation that provides essential information on Canada's health system and the health of Canadians. Funded by federal, provincial and territorial governments, CIHI provides unbiased, credible and comparable information to enable health leaders to make better-informed decisions.
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