About BORN

About BORN

Ontario’s Better Outcomes Registry & Network (BORN) was established in 2009 to collect, interpret, share and rigorously protect critical data about pregnancy, birth and childhood in the province. BORN makes a positive and lasting contribution to the health of mothers, newborns, children and the citizens of Ontario.

BORN vision

The best possible beginnings for lifelong health.

BORN mission

  • Facilitate and improve care for mothers, children and youth by linking information and providers to address care gaps spanning the spectrum from normal to high acuity and rare conditions.
  • Be an authoritative source of accurate, trusted and timely information to monitor, evaluate and plan for the best possible beginnings for life-long health.
  • Provide scientific and technical leadership for Ontario’s maternal, child and youth health system through the support of research and innovation.
  • Mobilize information and expertise to optimize care and contribute to a high-performing healthcare system, improving the lives of individual mothers and children.

Safeguarding data and privacy

BORN is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, administered by the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) and active in every region of the province. As a prescribed registry under Ontario’s Personal Health Information Protection Act, BORN safeguards data while making information available to facilitate and improve the provision of healthcare. To ensure all personal information is protected in accordance with privacy legislation and data-system standards, BORN is overseen by the Information Privacy Commissioner of Ontario and supported by eHIL—the Electronic Health Information Laboratory at the CHEO Research Institute.