Ambulatory care data now available for request and linkage through PopData
The National Ambulatory Care Reporting System (NACRS) is a tool for collecting data and reporting on all levels of ambulatory care within Canada, including emergency departments (EDs), day surgery, and medical and surgical day clinics within hospitals, the community and private clinics.
NACRS facilitates comparisons and benchmarking across jurisdictions provincially and nationally through the use of standardized definitions and coding that adhere to national and international standards.
In September 2010 the BC Ministry of Health mandated the health authorities to work with the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) to implement the NACRS Level 2 at 15 high-volume emergency departments across the province. NACRS Level 2 will provide patient level, demographic and wait time information and clinical data, including presenting complaint and discharge diagnosis.
For details on the specific fields available for request, visit: www.popdata.bc.ca/data/internal/health/nacrs.