A Systematic Investigation of Manitoba's Provincial Laboratory Data
As the Provincial LIMS (Laboratory Information Management System) Project progresses, Cadham Lab's historical datasets will no longer be used for recording current lab test results; these datasets will be archived. MCHP received these historical datasets and conducted a systematic study to validate, document, and evaluate their quality for research purposes. The outcome of this project is a summary assessment of the feasibility of using these data for population-based investigations. For the study, records for the entire population of Manitoba were looked at from 1992 to 2010. Information was compared by age, sex, income, and where people lived. By using Cadham Provincial Laboratory data linked to other administrative data, new opportunities could emerge in future studies to better understand the spread of diseases, identify facilities that are successful in avoiding outbreaks, and examine the cost effectiveness of immunization programs.
Manitoba Centre for Health Policy
Community Health Sciences, Max Rady College of Medicine,
Rady Faculty of Health Sciences,
Room 408-727 McDermot Ave.
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB R3E 3P5 Canada