Accessing Health Data in Saskatchewan: what you need to know about current and future opportunites

Jill Strachan, Juliana Wu, Dr. Brandy Winquist, Meriç Osman, and Scott Wells 

Wednesday, November 18 1:00 - 3:00

Moderator: Cathy Cole

Workshop Description: 

Every day a wealth of data is being generated by the health system. Data is one of the critical building blocks of a strong health research ecosystem. There are a number of provincial and national initiatives underway to improve access to health data for research, evaluation, and performance measurement. This workshop is designed to inform researchers, clinicians, and policy-makers about mechanisms to access health data, to share plans to improve Saskatchewan's data infrastructure, and to begin to build a community of practice.

Learning Objectives: 

At the end of the workshop participants will be able to:

  • Identify work underway to enhance and streamline data access and supports in Saskatchewan;

  • Request data through national organizations that support health research;

  • Access analytic support through the Canadian Institute for Health Information.

Jill Strachan, Client Affairs Manager, Saskatchewan and NWT, Canadian Institute for Health Information 
Jill joined CIHI in August 1995 after previous research positions at Statistics Canada and Health Canada, and is currently responsible for managing client affairs in Saskatchewan and the Northwest Territories. She works with CIHI clients, including relevant international, national and provincial organizations and research groups, to assess needs, and to pursue health information product and services development opportunities consistent with CIHI’s strategic goals. Previous to joining the western Canada office in 2004, she was responsible for the development of national databases, research activities and products and services development as Manager of the Health Human Resources and subsequently the Rehabilitation and Mental Health portfolio. 

Juliana Wu is the manager of Decision Support Services and Corporate Data Request Program at the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI). She is also the Lead for the Health Research Data Network Canada – Data Access Support Hub (DASH). At CIHI, she oversees the implementation of policies and procedures related to the processes for accessing custom CIHI data, and brings with her understanding of privacy and legal requirements around data access management. Juliana has over 15 years of analytic, lead and managerial experience in CIHI’s extensive set of linkable pan-Canadian administrative data holdings, which span the continuum of health care services and include patient registries, financial, pharmaceutical and workforce data.

Dr. Brandy Winquist, Executive Director Academics & Learning, is a member of the Saskatchewan Health Authority’s senior leadership team, and provides oversight for research, ethics and academic partnerships. She serves on a number of provincial boards including the Saskatchewan Academic Health Sciences Network, Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation, and Saskatchewan Epidemiology Association (Chair). Brandy is an adjunct professor in the department of Community Health & Epidemiology within the College of Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan. Her areas of research include maternal and child health, pharmacoepidemiology, health services and population health. As a member of the Canadian Network for Observational Drug Effects Studies and Canadian Maternal Child Cohort, Brandy collaborates on multi-provincial studies that investigate prescription medication use during pregnancy. 

Meriç Osman joined the Health Quality Council in 2010 and is currently the co-lead for the Data & Data Services Platform at the Saskatchewan Centre for Patient-Oriented Research (SCPOR). As co-lead, Meriç works with health system partners to increase access to high-quality health-related data and information for patient-oriented research, develop new data sources for collecting clinical process data, support health network evaluation, and build health data competencies in patient-oriented research teams. Meriç received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Bilkent University, Turkey, and a Master of Arts degree in Economics with a specialization in health economics from the University of Saskatchewan.

Scott Wells (Bio coming soon)