The Evidence-Informed Healthcare Renewal (EIHR) Portal is a continuously updated repository of policy-relevant documents that address renewing, reforming or strengthening governance, financial and delivery arrangements within health systems in Canada. It contains 25 types of documents, including jurisdictional reviews, stakeholder position papers, and intergovernmental communiqués. The documents address priority areas identified by Canadian federal, provincial and territorial governments, such as primary healthcare, patient safety, health human resources and performance indicators (e.g., timely access).
The EIHR Portal can save health system policymakers and stakeholders time by helping them to rapidly identify:
- documents on a given topic that have been prepared to inform healthcare renewal in Canada;
- how recently the document was published;
- links to user-friendly summaries and full-text reports (if applicable and when freely available); and
- any related documents already included in Health Systems Evidence (e.g., systematic reviews and economic evaluations in these priority areas).
For example, policymakers often want to know what reforms have been introduced in another Canadian jurisdiction. If a search retrieves a jurisdictional review of interest, the policymaker will be prompted to look at any available systematic reviews that address that type of reform (to learn about whether it has been shown to be effective, among other things) and any available economic evaluations that address that type of reform (to learn about whether it has been shown to be cost-effective).
The EIHR Portal provides ‘one-stop-shopping’ for the many types of documents that can support healthcare renewal by health system policymakers and stakeholders in Canada. The EIHR Portal is integrated within Health Systems Evidence to provide a single point of access to the ever-growing body of evidence related directly and indirectly to healthcare renewal.
The EIHR Portal, an initiative of the Evidence-Informed Healthcare Renewal (EIHR) Roundtable, is managed through a collaboration between the McMaster Health Forum, and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).
The following EIHR Roundtable organizations contribute documents and have provided financial support to make the EIHR Portal possible: 1) Alberta Innovates – Health Solutions; 2) Association of Canadian Academic Healthcare Organizations; 3) Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health; 4) Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement; 5) Canadian Healthcare Association; 6) Canadian Institute for Health Information; 7) Canadian Institutes of Health Research; 8) Canadian Medical Association; 9) Canadian Nurses Association; 10) Canadian Patient Safety Institute; 11) Health Canada; 12) Health Council of Canada; 13) Institute of Health Economics; 14) Manitoba Health; 15) Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research; 16)Newfoundland & Labrador Centre for Applied Health Research; 17) Northwest Territories Department of Health and Social Services; 18) Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness; and 19) Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.