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The Primary Health Care Electronic Medical Record Minimum Data Set (PHC EMR MDS) for Performance Measurement version 1.0 presents 45 core data elements and 61 supplementary data elements. When implemented in point-of-care systems and/or used for an aggregated minimum data set, the standard will enable the generation of comparable PHC EMR data and support performance measurement for clinical and health system use — including clinical program management, health system management, research and population health monitoring.

Previously called a Primary Health Care Electronic Medical Record Content Standard (PHC EMR CS), the PHC EMR CS v2.1 and v3.0 have been refocused into the Primary Health Care Electronic Medical Record Minimum Data Set (PHC EMR MDS) for Performance Measurement, Version 1.0. It has been informed in part through input from members of the pan-Canadian PHC Standards and Data Working Group.

The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) has provided national leadership on primary health care electronic medical record data standards for over a decade. While the number of data elements and associated code system examples has changed over time, the goal has remained the same: to support the generation of comparable PHC EMR data to meet targeted information needs across Canada.


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