How does BORN Ontario influence health care? By being the authoritative source for maternal-child health care data in the province. With over 1 million babies in the BORN Information System (BIS), we have world-class data and the technology to leverage it. High-quality data is an indispensable asset in today's health care economy.

BORN data can be used for performance measurement, quality improvement, health policy work, surveillance and research etc.

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Data Sources

Since April 2012, data have been collected in the BORN Information System (BIS) from numerous sources, including:

  • Birthing hospitals
  • Midwifery practice groups
  • Newborn Screening Ontario and regional treatment centres
  • Prenatal screening laboratories (Multiple Marker Screening & Non-Invasive Prenatal Screening)
  • Cytogenetic laboratories
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU)
  • Specialized antenatal clinics (Genetics and Maternal-Fetal Medicine)
  • Fertility clinics
  • More recently, Enhanced Midwifery Care Models (2021)


Please visit BORN’s Data Holdings for a more detailed list of datasets along with sources and timeframe of data collections.

Data are collected through three main data entry mechanisms: manual data entry via BORN’s BIS user’s interface; data sheet uploaded from electronic health records systems; and direct transmission from electronic health records systems to the BIS.


Data Analysis and Request Team at BORN

BORN Ontario's Data Analysis & Request Team (DART) is responsible for all scientific and reporting activities as well as use of BORN Information System (BIS) data for data requests, data management, data quality, research and knowledge translation, Maternal Newborn Dashboard, and reporting. The team includes: 
  • Coordinators
  • Analysts
  • Epidemiologists
  • Knowledge Translation Specialist
  • Quality Management Specialist
  • Screening Specialist
  • Reporting Analyst
  • Students

The DART Team works in close collaboration with BORN Coordinators, the Technical Team, and the Privacy Team for all tasks related to data releases.