infraNET Project and
Waterloo Institute for Health Informatics Research
at the University of Waterloo
Developing an Integrated Health Intelligence System:
The RAI-Health Informatics Project (RAI-HIP)
Dr. John Hirdes
Professor, Health Studies and Gerontology
University of Waterloo
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Davis Centre, Room 1302
University of Waterloo
This seminar is of
interest to Health and IT Executives, IS/IT Staff, Faculty and Students.
There is no charge for this event, however, we ask that you
register to attend.
Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Canada's health care system faces numerous challenges, including
rising costs, increased diversification and complexity of service
delivery, technological advancements, and changes in public
expectations. The availability of high quality evidence on health and
health care in Canada is a key determinant of our ability to make
informed choices about future directions in health and social policy. The
RAI-Health Informatics Project (RAI-HIP) was established in the Faculty
of Applied Health Sciences in 1999 as part of a 24-country
collaboration on the development, application, implementation,
evaluation and refinement of the interRAI family of assessment
instruments. The interRAI instruments are designed to serve multiple
applications for multiple audiences, including clinicians,
administrators, policy makers and the general public.
The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) recently
designated interRAI s home care and long term care instruments to be
part of their national reporting systems for those sectors of health
care. With new interRAI instruments in psychiatry, palliative care,
acute care, rehabilitation, assisted living and community health,
there is now a realistic potential for an integrated health
intelligence system covering the major sectors of the health care
system. This presentation provides an overview of progress to date and
the road ahead for research and application of these instruments in Canada.
John Hirdes, Professor in the Department of Health
Studies and Gerontology at the University of Waterloo, is also
cross-appointed to the Department of Medicine, University of Toronto; Community
Health Sciences, University of Manitoba; Gerontological Studies at
McMaster University; and to the Department of Family and Nutritional
Studies at the University of Guelph. He has conducted applied research
in health care settings for nearly 20 years, and is Scientific
Director of the Homewood Research Institute at Homewood Health Centre
He is a Fellow and Board Member of interRAI and is a
representative of interRAI in Canada. Dr. Hirdes has served on the
Psychiatric Working Group and Chronic Care and Rehabilitation Working
Group of the Ontario Joint Policy and Planning Committee since 1994.
His activities include consulting for the Romanow Commission
developing an options paper and cost analysis for home care in Canada; serving
as a member of the US Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Technical Expert Panel for the Mega QI project; and advising
Statistics Canada regarding the Canadian General Social Survey. Dr.
Hirdes serves on the Canadian Institute for Health Information national
expert panels for the Continuing Care Reporting System and Home Care
Reporting System. In May 2000, he received a 5-year Investigator Award
from the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) in support of
his work on Health Informatics for Aging Societies.
For more information
Managing Director, WIHIR
The infraNET Project
Computer Systems Group, University of Waterloo
This seminar is hosted by the Waterloo Institute for
Health Informatics Research (WIHIR) and The infraNET Project,
University of Waterloo.
The infraNET Project, initiated by the
University of Waterloo in 1996, is a partnership to advance Web and
Internet technologies. Its founding partners are: LivePage (now part
of Siebel), MKS, Open Text, RIM, Sybase (Waterloo) and Waterloo Maple.
We also gratefully acknowledge the
assistance of the Institute for Computer Research, University of