The Health Data Landscape in Canada: a Brave New(ish) World for Researchers
This presentation will provide an overview of how personal health information is, and is not, being used to inform decisions about our health care system. The Canadian constitution vested authority for public health care provision in the provinces and as a result, Canada has 13 distinct public health systems. While this is a rich ‘natural experiment’ through which provinces can learn from each other, it also has led to significant barriers in undertaking evidence-based health research. The presentation will outline some of those barriers and provide examples of how researchers are overcoming them. Examples of how NB is helping to lead some National initiatives in this area will be highlighted.