News: CHI Launches Manitoba Health Metadata Mapping Project
Announcement: CHI Launches Manitoba Health Metadata Mapping Project
December 2016 - Manitoba is one of three pilot sites across Canada implementing metadata mapping projects. The Manitoba Health Metadata Mapping Project will attempt to create an enumeration of health-related data and their associated metadata with a goal of promoting the use of existing datasets for secondary analysis. The project has potential to foster research collaborations and innovations within Manitoba and Canada, and create opportunities for efficiencies in data collection and analysis.
The initiative aims to identify all major sources of health-related data across Manitoba not currently housed in the MCHP Population Health Research Data Repository to create an inventory for research use. Metadata about health data in Manitoba will be collected and include clinical trials, observational studies, and cohort studies.
Currently, these health-related data may be over-looked and under-utilized by the research community for clinical, health services, or population health research. Existing health-related data have considerable potential for further research such as being used for secondary analyses to replicate important clinical findings. As well, linkage of data from inactive clinical trials to administrative health data to assess outcomes could also be undertaken, to advance knowledge about the long-term effectiveness of treatments or interventions.
CHI Data Science, alongside Ontario’s SUPPORT unit and their two pilot sites, will test the procedures for acquiring metadata and assess the willingness of investigators to enable such work. There is a potential for such a program to be expanded nationally through all SPOR SUPPORT units.
CHI Platforms Involved: Data Science, Evaluation