Canadian Primary Care Sentinel Surveillance Network (CPCSSN)
The Canadian Primary Care Sentinel Surveillance Network (CPCSSN- pronounced sipsin) is a new collaboration. CPCSSN is Canada's first multi-disease electronic record surveillance system. Essentially, CPCSSN can be thought of as a library of digital information on health; specifically a database on chronic diseases.
The information gathered will help physicians better understand chronic disease and improve the care Canadians with chronic disease receive. It is expected that CPCSSN will share information and reports with governments, physicians, nurses, and other health care team members, researchers, and planners to improve primary health care. The CPCSSN initiative is funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada under a contribution agreement with the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) on behalf of nine practice-based research networks (PBRNs) associated with departments of Family Medicine across Canada. CPCSSN also works together with the Canadian Institute of Health Information (CIHI).
Learn more in the October 2011 Canadian Family Physician article, Canadian Primary Care Sentinel Surveillance Network: A developing resource for family medicine and public health.