Measurement and Quality Improvement

List of Primary Care Reports and Platforms

As data multiplies, so do the opportunities for sharing and accessing it. Many of you have told us that there are “too many reports.” As a first step in dealing with that, we’ve compiled a list (see below) of primary-care reporting tools and platforms in Ontario and put them all one page. We have included a brief description of each from their own web-page along with links to get more information or actual data. The table below directs you to each report.

Note: An update of this table is currently in progress. See this spreadsheet for the most recent list, which contains more reports and more detailed information about each (but does not contain the links that are in the table below).

This list does not include every primary care report. You probably know that better than we do. So we are working with partners across the primary care sector in Ontario to make this list even more complete and more useful. Together, we have convened the Ontario Primary Care Reporting Alliance.

  • The alliance’s long-term mandate is to ensure that every primary care clinician practicing in Ontario and their patients have access to usable, timely, meaningful and comparative information and supports to enable continuous improvement in patient care and outcomes.
  • Very briefly, the near-term goals are:
    • To make one web page where all the reports can be found together.
    • To find a way to compare all the reports, so it’s easy to see what makes each one useful, and what each one is most useful for.
    • To find ways to keep making all of the reports better.
  • See the Terms of Reference for the formal statement of the goals of the alliance.

Health Quality Ontario has also developed a list of reporting platforms, which you might find helpful. Check it out here.

Want to know more about what characteristics make reports like these most effective? Check out this article about 15 ways to improve Audit & Feedback, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine (2016) [PDF].

We want to make sure this list is up-to-date, and that it’s working for you. Are using it, and how? Is it working for you? Do you have suggestions for improvement? Is anything wrong, missing or broken? Please send your comments to

Report Name – Link to Description (Below)


Report Website – Link (External)

For more information, contact:

Data to Decisions (D2D)

AFHTO Link to Website
Non-Operational Reporting and Analytics (NORA) AOHC Link to Website

Data Presentation Tool (DPT)

CPCSSN Link to Website
Data Safe Haven UTOPIAN Link to Website

Screening Activity Report (SAR)

CCO Link to Website
Your Health System – Ontario CIHI Link to Website

myPractice (formerly Primary Care Practice Report)

HQO Link to Website

Quality Improvement Plans (QIP Navigator)

HQO Link to Website

EMR Administrative Data Linked Database (EMRALD)

ICES Link to Website

EMR Physician Dashboard Proof-of-Concept

OntarioMD Link to Website

Health Data Branch Portal MOHLTC Link to Website

Data to Decisions (D2D)

AFHTO’s Data to Decisions is a compilation of voluntary data contributed by AFHTO members, based on a small number of measures chosen by AFHTO members. See how D2D aligns with system and practice priorities here.

Non-Operational Reporting and Analytics (NORA)

AOHC’s Non-Operational Reporting and Analytics (NORA) work stream aims to give member centres a holistic view of their operations by consolidating key data and presenting it in an integrated and easy-to-analyze manner. NORA is powered by the Business Intelligence and Reporting Tool (BIRT) Solution, a bilingual, centrally-hosted system that gathers data and enables robust data analysis using business intelligence tools.

CPCSSN Data Presentation Tool (DPT)

CPCSSN is a primary care research initiative—the first pan-Canadian multi-disease electronic medical record surveillance system. CPCSSN collects health information from electronic medical records in the offices of participating primary care providers (e.g. family physicians). The Data Presentation Tool is an EMR-linkable software application that produces sentinel feedback reports for various CPCSSN networks across Canada.

UTOPIAN Data Safe Haven

University of Toronto Practice-Based Research Network (UTOPIAN) is one of the regional CPCSSN networks for Ontario. The UTOPIAN Data Safe Haven is a secure researchable database comprised of de-identified patient records extracted from electronic medical records (EMRs) in contributing primary care practices.

Screening Activity Report (SAR)

CancerCare Ontario‘s Screening Activity Report (SAR) provides patient enrolment model (PEM) primary care physicians with a supplementary tool for improving their cancer screening rates and appropriate follow-up for breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screening.

Your Health System – Ontario

Your Health System – Ontario is an aggregate report published by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI).

MyPractice – Primary Care (formerly Primary Care Practice Report)

The Primary Care Practice Report (PCPR) is published by Health Quality Ontario (HQO), with data from the Institute for Clinical and Evaluative Sciences (ICES).

Quality Improvement Plans (QIPs)/QIP Navigator

Health Quality Ontario‘s QIP Navigator allows organizations to submit their annual Quality Improvement Plans (QIPs), provides tools and resources to develop an annual QIP, and includes a searchable database of all previously submitted QIPs.

Electronic Medical Record Administrative data Linked Database (EMRALD)

EMRALD is a database housed at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) that consists of clinically relevant information derived from electronic medical records (EMRs) maintained by family physicians practicing in Ontario. These EMR data can be linked to administrative databases held at ICES. Time commitment is minimal and participation requires the signing of a data sharing agreement that allows EMRALD to collect your data.

Ontario MD EMR Physician Dashboard proof of concept

OntarioMD is leading an initiative that will demonstrate improvement in the clinical value of EMRs through an EMR Physician Dashboard Proof of Concept which:

  • provides a framework for real-time access to an introductory set of high-value provincial indicators
  • Associates high-value indicators with data quality of the underlying elements
  • Is provincially scalable and can be easily expanded

Health Data Branch (HDB) Portal

The Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (MOHLTC) Health Data Branch Portal allows healthcare providers to access a number of aggregate reports on health system indicators: