Health Outcomes for Better Information and Care (HOBIC)
The Health Outcomes for Better Information and Care (HOBIC) initiative is a project funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s Information Management and Investment Division. It is the collection of standardized information reflective of nursing in acute care, complex continuing care, long-term care and home care settings across Ontario. The HOBIC database is housed at ICES.
The ability to produce and collect accurate, standardized and comprehensive information, and make it available in a timely manner for health care planning, resource allocation, performance measurement and research is integral to our health system. However, there are currently critical gaps in the information needed for these key activities. This means that our ability to measure the impact that professionals such as nurses are having on health outcomes is limited. HOBIC aims to fill this critical information gap and make the contribution of these trusted health care professionals visible through the province-wide, standardized collection of health outcomes.
The objectives of HOBIC are:
To improve the quality of care through the provision of high-quality information about health outcomes.
To enable the measurement of the impact that nurses, occupational therapists, pharmacists and physical therapists have on health outcomes in a variety of health care settings.
To make their contribution visible at a health system level.
HOBIC measures have been developed for Acute Care, Long-Term Care, Complex Continuing Care and Home Care. They include assessment of:
For more information, visit the HOBIC Community website or view the Frequently Asked Questions section.