Digital Governance Standards Institute Publishes New Standard for Health Data and Information Capability Framework

OTTAWA – The Digital Governance Standards Institute (DGSI) is pleased to announce the publication of its latest standard, CAN/DGSI 100-5: Data Governance Part 5 – Health Data and Information Capability Framework. This standard marks a significant milestone in the field of data governance, specifically in providing comprehensive guidance on the depth, diversity, and complexity of capabilities required for effective data governance in healthcare. It includes essential criteria to assess the maturity and consistent application of these capabilities across an organization’s data assets and processes.

“CIHI is a strong supporter of open, high-quality standards that will ensure the timely and secure collection, sharing and use of connected Canadian health data across the system. When we developed the Health Data and Information Capability Framework that was the foundation for this new standard, it was our hope that it would assist organizations across the health system, as well as our own, to better understand and monitor their progress towards better health data governance.”

Maureen Kelly, Director of Data Governance, CIHI

Healthcare organizations throughout Canada are seeking greater value from their health data and information (HDI) assets. Their objective is to attain sustainable, effective, and impactful outcomes that lead to improved individual and population health, as well as enhanced health system planning and delivery. By using these assets, health systems can optimize their resources and maximize the positive impact on patient care and overall healthcare management.

CAN/DGSI 100-5 will help organizations assess their access, privacy, and security capabilities. It specifies the minimum standards for carrying out organized self-assessments as well as network alignment assessments to help multiple agencies monitor the consistency of their capabilities.

“By adhering to the framework’s guidelines, organizations can enhance patient care, and overall healthcare management, while ensuring privacy and security are upheld to the highest degree of importance. This new standard sets the stage for improved outcomes, health system planning, and delivery, leading to a safe and secure data-driven future in healthcare.”

Darryl Kingston, Executive Director , Digital Governance Standards Institute


For media inquiries:

Julia Hancock
Senior Project Manager, Standards
Digital Governance Standards Institute


About the Digital Governance Council 

The Digital Governance Council is a member-driven organization that acts as a cross-sector neutral convener for Canada’s executive leaders to identify, prioritize and act on digital governance opportunities and challenges. The Council leads an Executive Forum for council members, sets technology governance standards through the Digital Governance Standards Institute and certifies the compliance of Canadian organizations in the management of the effective and efficient use of digital technologies. To learn more about the organization and its initiatives, visit or contact


About the Digital Governance Standards Institute 

The Digital Governance Standards Institute develops digital technology governance standards fit for global use. The Institute works with experts, as well as national and global partners and the public to develop national standards that reduce risk to Canadians and Canadian organizations adopting and using innovative digital technologies in today’s digital economy. The Institute is an independent division of the Digital Governance Council. To learn more about the organization and its initiatives, visit or contact

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