CanPath Announces New Partnership with Health Data Research Network Canada to Enable Data Linkage

Posted August 31, 2020

Today, the Canadian Partnership for Tomorrow’s Health (CanPath) and Health Data Research Network Canada (HDRN Canada) announced a new partnership that will enable linkage between CanPath cohort data and health data held at provincial and territorial data centres.

By enabling researchers to connect data such as self-reported behaviours, physical measurements and biological samples from CanPath with use of health services and health outcomes captured by provincial health databases, we can gain deeper insights and develop solutions to pressing health challenges, including chronic illnesses, mental health, aging populations, and more.

Interested researchers are invited to explore the data holdings available for request on DASH. HDRN Canada and CanPath can support research teams interested in leveraging linked data, including COVID-19 related data from CanPath’s COVID-19 Questionnaire and provincial data centres where available, for Fall 2020 CIHR Project Grant proposals and research projects. We can also support funding applications by providing Letters of Support.

“HDRN Canada is committed to enabling more multi-jurisdictional research in Canada and expanding the data that are available for that research,” says Dr. Kim McGrail, Scientific Director of HDRN Canada. “Our partnership with CanPath is an example of this, and will open many new research opportunities that will help our understanding of equity and population health.”

By simplifying access to linkable multi-jurisdictional data, HDRN Canada and CanPath will strengthen health research, ultimately leading to better decision-making for health care and social service provision.

“Facilitating easier access to linked CanPath data from multiple provincial health data systems broadens the scope of research opportunities, while delivering an innovative solution to long-standing challenges for health research in Canada. This exciting partnership will enhance national health research and ultimately improve the health of Canadians,” says Dr. John McLaughlin, Executive Director of CanPath.