How do I access CareCanvas?
To access CareCanvas, physicians need to sign up to contribute data to the University of Toronto Practice Based Research Network (UTOPIAN) Data Safe Haven—a secure researchable database comprised of de-identified patient records that can be re-identified at the practice level. These records are extracted from participating practices every 6 months. Data is then cleaned, coded, de-identified and stored securely.
There is no financial cost to participating in UTOPIAN for physicians and physicians can contribute if they use one of the three most commonly used EMRs in Ontario: Telus Practice Solutions, Accuro or Oscar. There is no limit to the number of physicians that can sign up and the value of CareCanvas will grow as more physicians participate and contribute data.
COVID-19 has resulted in a worsening of mental and physical health and a backlog of preventive and chronic disease care. With CareCanvas, family physicians receive information and support to help them take a proactive, population-based approach to COVID-19 recovery.
Funding & support
CareCanvas development is being led by the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto in collaboration with UTOPIAN, POPLAR, and Ontario Health Implementation Laboratory and has received funding support from St. Michael’s Hospital Medical Services Association (SMHA) Alternate Funding Plan (AFP) Innovation Fund, Women’s College Hospital Academic and Medical Services Group (WCHAMSG) Alternate Funding Plan (AFP) Innovation Fund, and the INSPIRE-PHC Program.
CareCanvas will also be linked with continuing professional development (CPD) to directly support physicians to take action using their data and also drive a paradigm shift towards proactive, population-based care and a learning health system where data is used to inform practice and practices in turn influence what data is collected and what research questions are asked.
CareCanvas is a collaborative effort involving numerous individuals including Dr. Tara Kiran, Dr. Adam Cadotte, Dr. Payal Agarwal, Dr. Noah Ivers, Dr. Jennifer Shuldiner, Dr. Susie Kim, Dr. Michelle Greiver, Ms. Maryam Danesh, and Ms. Kirsten Eldridge.
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