A new research facility has opened its doors at McMaster University. It’s called ICES, which stands for Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences. It will allow students, faculty and researchers access to tons of data, so they can investigate the quality and safety of health care in Ontario. For instance, access to health care, drug interactions and long-term health outcomes.
Here’s how it works. “Every time you go to your physician and your OHIP card is swiped, that information is collected. It’s anonymized, so we don’t know who you are, but we know what services you accessed and we know some of the outcomes associated with your health that are related with your contact to the health care system. All that data will be accessible to our researchers and we’ll be able to link it to other data sources. Again to ask really important policy related health care questions.”