CD-Link: New data release mechanism for cancer health services research in Ontario

Date: May 5th 2010 from 11:30am to 12:30pm EST

Abstract: The public has an interest in seeing maximum utility derived from health data collected with public funds. Currently, almost all administrative data used for Health Services Research (HSR) in Ontario occurs within a prescribed entity like the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES). This results in barriers of time, cost, and geography for some investigators, particularly new investigators and trainees. In other jurisdictions, similar data have been successfully de-identified and made available to researchers in their own institutions without experiencing privacy breaches, thereby facilitating research.

Speaker: Craig Earle, Director of Health Services Research, Cancer Care Ontario and Ontario Institute for Cancer Research

Biography: Dr. Earle is a health services researcher and medical oncologist who is currently Director of the Health Services Research Program for Cancer Care Ontario (CCO) and the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR). Prior to the summer of 2008, Dr. Earle spent 10 years in Boston at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health, with his clinical practice at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham & Women’s hospital. His personal research interests focus on evaluating and improving the quality of care received by patients with advanced cancer and cancer survivors.

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