Since its inception in 1992, ICES has played a key role in providing unique scientific insights to help policymakers, managers, planners, practitioners and other researchers shape the future direction of the Ontario health care system. Our unbiased, evidence-based knowledge and recommendations, profiled in atlases, investigative reports, and peer-reviewed journals, are used to guide decision-making and inform changes in health care delivery.
Working within an inquiry-driven culture, the multi-disciplinary expertise at ICES consistently produces groundbreaking results. With upwards of 150 faculty and staff, more than 100 projects are underway at any given time. Many of our scientists have achieved international recognition in their respective areas of focus, holding appointments at leading universities and maintaining clinical practices at academic health sciences centres.
Our work encompasses the assessment of care delivery, patterns of service utilization, health technologies, drug therapies and treatment modalities. Key to the knowledge produced at ICES is our ability to anonymously link population-based health information on an individual patient basis, using unique ICES identifiers that ensure the privacy and confidentiality of health information. Linked data allows researchers to obtain a more comprehensive view of specific health care issues, than could be achieved with unlinked data.
After 20 years in operation, ICES continues to contribute to research excellence, policy debate and effective, sustainable change in Ontario's health care system. Our continued success has spawned an exciting period of expansion, including the construction of a new wing, which was officially opened by the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care in June 2004.
As we look to the future, we are confident that our insightful evidence-based findings will continue to be value-added, stimulating meaningful debate regarding the organization and delivery of health care in Ontario.