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The CPSS-COVID Project:

An Essential Tool for Effective Management of the Pandemic in Quebec

The CPSS-COVID Project was created during the pandemic to automate the daily transmission of the data needed to manage this unprecedented health crisis. The data comes from more than 500 databases from 30 healthcare establishments and is submitted to a centralised database at the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MSSS).

This project aims to extract selected data from the most widely used source systems across the healthcare and social services network. Five specific areas were targeted: Units and beds, Admissions, Operating room, Medical imaging and Outpatients.

The objective is to allow the MSSS to have an almost real-time portrait of the situation and the capacity of health facilities. This project will also make it possible to compare the activity volumes to be able to quantify the impacts of the pandemic on the level of activity and better plan for the recovery.

This project was completed quickly--in 16 weeks--thanks to the involvement of more than 30 experts from PowerSanté and partners, thus respecting the agreed deadline and budget. The delivery was made by frequent iterations to allow the MSSS to benefit from the observations on the data produced by our teams during the validation stages.

More recently, PowerSanté has been working jointly with the MSSS and healthcare establishments to promote the standardization and use of the data extracted for the benefit of the population in this unprecedented situation.

To ensure the success and sustainability of this project, PowerSanté will accompany the MSSS in the coming months to maximise the use of their centralised database.