In 2012, the Medical Directors of Canada’s Fertility Clinics entered into an agreement with BORN Ontario to collect, analyse and report their clinics’ data. Up until this point, the data was housed in the Canadian Assisted Reproductive Technologies Register (CARTR), which originated in 2001. Transitioning to BORN involved updating the registry to include additional data elements and permitting tracking of individual patients to report on cumulative in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycles and additional patient pregnancies. For IVF patients in Ontario, the link with BORN enables patient records to be linked with prenatal, maternal screening, labour, birth, neonatal care and newborn screening records. Non-Ontario clinics enter the birth outcome data once it becomes available via the patient or provincial birth record.
Data entry into the renamed register, CARTR Plus, began in January 2013. The first year’s data results were reported at the September 2014 meeting of the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society (CFAS) in Quebec City.
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