Following successful pilot projects, 17 hospitals in Toronto, Ontario are now collecting and aggregating demographic information about their patients, as part of a mandate from the Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network to improve care.

"The reason for collecting this information is to understand who our clients and patients are, so we can provide and plan for programs and services to meet their individual needs," officials from Mount Sinai Hospital, which led the data collection pilots, said. "Collecting demographic data is fundamental for eliminating health inequities and finding opportunities for improvement in the quality of care that we provide."

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