CIHI publishes a variety of information directly to their website. You can search or browse for information resources and much of the content is also publicly available without creating a user profile and logging in.
Your level of access to content and the cost of priced items differs based on whether you are affiliated with one of CIHI’s Core Plan subscribers, including institutions such as Canadian health care facilities and regional health authorities. As a university, Queen’s is not eligible to be a Core Plan subscriber. However, if you are affiliated with Kingston Health Sciences Centre, you may be able to benefit from its Core Plan status.
The Access Data and Reports tool provides access to available datasets, indicators, reports, interactive tools, and other resources. Note that not all content findable by way of the Access Data and Reports tool is publicly available. For example, you may encounter descriptions of tools that are only available to Core Plan Subscribers, like Your Health System: Insight.
You can search using keywords, and filter your results by topic, geography, document type and format, and by date. Some important nuances of the search interface to keep in mind include:
Much of CIHI’s published content is free, but some is priced. CIHI has an online store (eStore) from which you can purchase priced products. You will need to create a CIHI profile to do this. Some priced products from the eStore are available at no charge for Core Plan Subscribers.
Much of the content in the eStore can also be found using Access Data and Reports, but some content is unique to the eStore. Unlike Access Data and Reports, the eStore displays available products in an alphabetical list, which provides an alternative method for finding content.