OTTAWA, March 24, 2020 /CNW/ - As health systems across Canada grapple with COVID-19, the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) has been responding to requests from governments, health systems and the media for relevant data and information to help understand and support decision-making around the pandemic.
To consolidate this information in 1 place and make it more broadly available, we are launching a new COVID-19 web page containing relevant publicly available information, including our own reports and data, as well as external information that our data experts have reviewed and validated.
New COVID-19 web page
At launch, CIHI's new COVID-19 web page includes the most recent information we have available on topics such as
- Health care workers: number of doctors, nurses and some allied health professionals
- Hospital capacities: number of hospitals, ICU beds, ventilation use, wait times
- Health care expenditure: public health, hospitals, physicians, drugs
In addition, CIHI will validate and make available credible COVID-19–related health information from other sources through cihi.ca and our social media channels. Currently, we have included
We will be reviewing and updating these resources as required and adding new information as it becomes available. We encourage you to check our website regularly.
"We know that health systems across Canada are working around the clock to respond to COVID-19 and that the public has an appetite for relevant information right now," says David O'Toole, President and CEO, CIHI. "We will continue to provide reliable health data related to the pandemic to inform Canadians and help provide context."
Spokespeople are available as needed.
The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) is an independent, not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing essential health information to all Canadians.
CIHI works closely with federal, provincial and territorial partners and stakeholders throughout Canada to gather, package and disseminate information to inform policy, management, care and research, leading to better and more equitable health outcomes for all Canadians.
Health information has become one of society's most valuable public goods. For 25 years, CIHI has set the pace on data privacy, security, accessibility and innovation to improve Canada's health systems.
CIHI: Better data. Better decisions. Healthier Canadians.
SOURCE Canadian Institute for Health Information
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