The pan-Canadian Health Data Strategy: Expert Advisory Group Overview
The pan-Canadian Health Data Strategy (the Strategy) initiative aims to support the effective creation, exchange, and use of critical health data for the benefit of Canadians and the health and public health systems they rely on.
The Strategy will support Canada's response to COVID-19 by addressing immediate health data challenges presented during the COVID-19 pandemic. Longer-term, it will focus on establishing a common foundation for improving Canada's ability to collect, protect and use health data so that it may inform health care and public health system adaptation, improve processes for data sharing, and help Canada prevent and respond to future health threats.
A collaborative approach to develop and deliver the strategy is being taken by governments and health data partners. Supporting this approach, an Expert Advisory Group (EAG) was established in fall 2020 to provide advice and guidance as the work evolves.
Expert Advisory Group
The mandate of the pan-Canadian Health Data Strategy Expert Advisory Group (EAG) is to provide advice on the development of the Strategy's work. The EAG membership is composed of experts from across the country with wide-ranging expertise across health system, public health, and population health data with perspectives on analytics, data management, and privacy.
Specifically, the EAG will provide advice on:
- strategic direction for the use of health system, population, and public health data to improve the health of Canada and Canadians;
- principles to guide the creation, collection, storage, and use of data; and
- a practical and phased roadmap for the implementation of measures to sustainably address areas of greatest opportunity and impact.
The EAG is chaired by Canada's Health Data Champion for this initiative, Dr. Vivek Goel, and is provided secretariat support via the Public Health Agency of Canada. The EAG provides advice to the Data Pillar Assistant Deputy Minister Committee (DPAC), which works with federal, provincial, and territorial partners to develop the strategy. DPAC reports into the Deputy Minister's Committee on Data Management and the Conference of Deputy Ministers of Health (CDMH).
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