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 CAPHC - Canadian Paediatric Decision Support Network

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CAPHC - Canadian Paediatric Decision Support Network (CPDSN)

What is CAPHC - Canadian Paediatric Decision Support Network?

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The Canadian Paediatric Decision Support Network (CPDSN) was originally founded in 2005 to provide hospital leaders and policymakers with insightful quantitative data and comparability analysis of specialty paediatric services across its member organizations. Today CAPHC - CPDSN represents 23 health care organizations across the continuum of care, which includes acute paediatric, community, and rehabilitation centres.

CAPHC – CPDSN’s platform enables members to collectively share and exchange their vision, knowledge and expertise to advance paediatric decision support facilitated through participation in strategic child and youth healthcare benchmarking and data sharing activities.

Knowledge dissemination products such as the Annual Benchmarking Report, Dashboards, and other tools help CAPHC - CPDSN members build capacity within their respective organizations. CAPHC’s Knowledge Exchange network (KEN), the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) Portal, Peer-to-Peer requests, participation in the Annual CAPHC - CPDSN Symposium and various web based education events, address emerging and relevant topics of interest and priority; and routinely serve as information conduits for all member organizations across the country.

History of CAPHC - CPDSN

Originally called the “Paediatric Data Share Project” (PDSP), the group began in 1995 as a project designed to facilitate the access of comparative clinical information for hospitals specializing in paediatric care. The official agreement was signed in the spring of 1996 between the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, the Izaak Walton Killam Hospital, the British Columbia Children’s Hospital and the Alberta Children’s Hospital. Between 1996 and 2002, five additional facilities joined the collective and the organization was re-branded as the “Canadian Paediatric Decision Support Network” (CPDSN).

In 2004, CPDSN approached CAPHC to discuss partnership opportunities to coordinate an integrated approach for data sharing and collaborative initiatives as one national voice. By 2005, a collaborative partnership was established and CPDSN became the CAPHC-CPDSN within the CAPHC organization.

Building on CPDSN’s decade of achievements in data quality improvements and benchmarking activities, the new CAPHC-CPDSN is dedicated to promoting and enhancing Canadian paediatric data sharing and best practices.

Where CAPHC - CPDSN is today

Benchmarking is the process of comparing processes and results through collaboration, and expertise to catalyze this process. Since 2005, CAPHC - CPDSN has published an annual benchmarking report to outline common activity and performance measures of member organizations as a key knowledge exchange tool.

This year, CAPHC - CPDSN has focused on improving access for all its members through a new user navigation experience. In collaboration with CIHI, CAPHC - CPDSN has launched a unique “Home Page” embedded within the Portal (CIHI’s business intelligence tool). The CAPHC - CPDSN Home Page will provide all CPDSN members with a more direct navigation experience to all CPDSN reports, dashboards, and products.

This year, CAPHC - CPDSN will release two reports; The Annual CAPHC - CPDSN Report entitled: “Harnessing our Strengths: A Shared Vision for Child and Youth Healthcare” and The 2016 Annual Benchmarking Report.

Both reports apply a comprehensive, collaborative and evidence-based approach to data collection, analysis, interpretation and dissemination of results. Key deliverables include:

  • Identifying national healthcare outcomes of infants, children and youth,
  • Implementing a systematic approach to compiling and validating data by member organizations, and
  • Representing priorities and information needs identified by our Information Consumers and Thought Leaders nation-wide.

Going forward, CAPHC - CPDSN will continue to work with CIHI and our member organizations in addressing emerging areas of paediatric priority. This work will align with both CIHI’s and CAPHC’s strategic plans. enweb.pdf


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