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Cardiac Care Network of Ontario (CCN)

The Cardiac Care Network of Ontario (CCN), an advisory body to the MOHLTC, is dedicated to improving quality, efficiency, access and equity in the delivery of cardiac services in Ontario.

With the aid of a computerized patient registry, CCN coordinates the province-wide provision of advanced adult cardiac services to facilitate equitable, timely and appropriate access to care. The CCN patient registry includes cardiac catheterization, angioplasty, stent procedures, and cardiac surgery.

ICES researchers contribute valuable evidence-based information to help CCN guide the MOHLTC in decision-making for future service funding. This has included: development of methodology to calculate risk-adjusted mortality rates after cardiac surgery and angioplasty procedures in Ontario, identifying the causes of regional variations in revascularization procedures in Ontario, and international comparisons of access to cardiac procedures in Ontario vs. the United States.

As of June 22, 2017, CCN is part of CorHealth Ontario, an organization formed by the merger of the Cardiac Care Network of Ontario and the Ontario Stroke Network, with an expanded mandate spanning cardiac, stroke and vascular services through the entire course of care. CorHealth Ontario provides a strategic understanding of the care needs of both patients and providers as the basis for clinical quality improvement, provincial planning, resource allocation and performance measurement.