Current Initiatives

Health Data Research Network Canada (HDRN Canada) is accomplishing its goals and objectives through two current initiatives: 

SPOR Canadian Data Platform

The SPOR Canadian Data Platform (SPOR CDP) is the first initiative of HDRN Canada. It is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research – Canada's national health research funder – and contributions from provincial, territorial and pan-Canadian organizations.

SPOR CDP infrastructure supports improved access to data, automation of data analysis, and ongoing engagement with the public, patients, and Indigenous communities.  Learn more. 

Data Access Support Hub

Launched in February 2020, Data Access Support Hub (DASH) is a single-stop online portal through which researchers can request access to data from multiple provincial, territorial and pan-Canadian sources, and track the progress of their application. DASH staff provide centralized and ongoing support to researchers through the data access request process.

Three key resources for researchers are available on the DASH website: an inventory of 380+ datasets that are available for request, a database of 140+ multi-jurisdiction algorithms from 34 existing validation or feasibility studies, and an inventory of data access requirements and procedures at HDRN partner sites. In the first phase, requests from researchers from SPOR SUPPORT Units, SPOR Networks and from recipients of Innovative Clinical Trials (iCT) grants are prioritized. Learn more.