To promote health and well-being by making data accessible to researchers, institutions and government agencies across Canada for medical and healthcare research that will foster improved health outcomes for Canadians.
Unlock the potential of Canada’s unique provincial, territorial, and pan-Canadian data assets and expertise.
From informing local decision-making to shaping globally recognized research, Canada’s provincial health and social data play an important role.
Health Data Research Network Canada connects researchers, policymakers and decision-makers from across the country to use data and expertise effectively in multi-province studies and initiatives. Access to data helps address the most pressing research challenges facing the public and policymakers and builds Canada’s international leadership in the health field.
By creating the infrastructure to support multi-province and pan-Canadian studies, we can learn from each other’s experiences, tackle shared challenges, and ultimately, improve public health and the healthcare system for all Canadians.
What are health data?
Health data are facts and statistics that provide insights about the health, development and well-being of populations. These include information about health care services, health status, health behaviours (e.g. diet, exercise, smoking, alcohol consumption), and the context in which people live and work.
Health data may be collected through interactions with the healthcare system or providers, such as visiting a family doctor or getting a blood test. They may also be gathered through clinical trials, health surveys, patient registries, remote patient monitoring and more.
- Connect data infrastructure across provinces and territories by building on existing expertise, structures and processes.
- Support knowledge creation that is informed by local connections between researchers, policymakers and decision-makers, building on the strength of provincial resources.
- Make research more efficient and timely by establishing research data infrastructure and processes for multi-jurisdictional studies.
- Increase the robustness of studies, and the capacity of researchers and policy/decision makers to use data by bringing together experts from across Canada to establish and implement common approaches to multi-province analyses.