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The Better Outcomes Registry & Network (BORN) was established in 2009 as Ontario’s pregnancy, birth and childhood registry and network. BORN is a Prescribed Registry under PHIPA in Ontario that collects, uses and discloses personal health information for the facilitation of healthcare, and secondarily research. BORN has a rigorous process in place for de-identification of datasets and protection of Personal Health Information in order to meet the requirements of its Registry status and the office of the Ontario Information and Privacy Commissioner. BORN supports use of the data it holds for improving the maternal child care system in Ontario including quality improvement initiatives and hypothesis-generating research.
As a founding member of the OMNI Research Group, and Scientific Director of BORN Ontario since its inception, Dr. Mark Walker provides active leadership to both teams. Research Associates at the OMNI Research Group lead multiple research projects in the BORN environment.
The OMNI Research Group and BORN Ontario are committed to the academic and professional development of highly qualified personnel in the field of maternal and child health research. Several OMNI trainees have gone on to pursue careers at BORN Ontario. Similarly, staff at BORN Ontario have received graduate or post-doctoral training under the guidance of OMNI Scientists. Perinatal and Pediatric Epidemiology Research Interest Group session are monthly research rounds jointly hosted and attended by OMNI and BORN team members, exemplifying the commitment of these groups to the ongoing pursuit of knowledge in maternal and child health.
Finally, BORN Ontario and the OMNI Research Group have been long-standing partners in the pursuit of research funding applications and in spearheading knowledge translation efforts. One such example of this collaboration is the BORN Maternal Newborn Dashboard, an audit and feedback system (A&F) used to implement benchmarks in Ontario hospitals based on prioritized key performance indicators. The Maternal Newborn Dashboard has been live in all 106 hospitals in Ontario since 2013 and is a powerful, proven, practice-changing tool, that guides perinatal health care-specific quality improvement plans.
For more information about BORN Ontario, click here.