IHE Timeline

1994 – The University of Alberta and the Government of Alberta establish a steering committee drawn from the universities of Alberta and Calgary, the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research (AHFMR), and the federal and provincial governments to explore the feasibility of creating an Alberta-based Institute of Pharmaco-Economics.

1995 – The Institute of Pharmaco-Economics (IPE) is established in September under the auspices of a unique collaborative arrangement among government, academia, and industry. The vision of the Institute is “to become a centre of excellence in the areas of health economics, health outcomes, and health policy research.”

IHE’s first Board Chair is the Rt. Hon. Don Mazankowski. The Institute’s first Executive Director and CEO is Dr. Devidas Menon.

1999 – In April 1999, the Board of Directors and Shareholders of the IPE approve a name change from the Institute of Pharmaco-Economics to the Institute of Health Economics. The new moniker reflects the organization's broad research mandate and speaks more clearly to the fact that IHE’s research touches on many aspects of the healthcare system.

2001 – The Board of Directors develops the first IHE strategic plan of the organization, identifying as a primary goal that the Institute play a leading role in health policy research and in influencing health policy development in Canada and internationally.

2003 – IHE is selected to host the 19th annual conference of the International Society of Technology Assessment in Health Care and IHE assumes the role of Secretariat for Health Technology Assessment International (HTAi). IHE begins serving as Secretariat for the Canadian Association for Population Therapeutics.

2005 – The Institute marks its 10th anniversary by welcoming new Board Chair Dr. Lorne Tyrrell and appointing new Executive Director and CEO, Prof. Egon Jonsson. Under the direction of Prof. Jonsson, IHE develops a 10-point strategic plan to focus the organization on being more policy-oriented. IHe launches the Ambassador Program – specifically looking and multidisciplinaryguidance for low back pain.
IHE becomes the host editorial office for the International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care, with Prof. Jonsson as the publication's co-editor.

2006 – IHE takes over the provincial health technology assessment function with the consolidation of the HTA units of the Institute and of the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research (AHFMR). IHE holds its first Consensus Development Conference, focusing on Self-Monitoring in Diabetes.

2007 – IHE's growth continues, tripling 2004 levels to reach more than 30 research and administrative staff members. The Institute's research staff produce a record number of publications in the new IHE Report format.  IHE holds its second Consensus Development Conference, this one on Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies: How to Prevent Low Birth Weight. IHE conducts province wide consultation for establishment of a Health Evidence network for Alberta.

2008 – IHE launches a new book series through Wiley, a leading global publisher focused on scientific and technical material. The Institute produces three volumes in 2008. IHE establishes a Decision Analytic Modelling Unit, which promotes the use, understanding, and integration of economic modelling techniques for healthcare professionals and organizations interested in the latest tools required to inform health policy-making. IHE hosts its third Consensus Development Conference on Depression in Adults, and launches the IHE Innovation Forum series to be held twice a year. IHE conducts major study on How Much Should We Spend on Mental health?

2009 – IHE hosts its third Consensus Development Conference, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: Across the Lifespan, and continues to expand its knowledge dissemination role by developing and holding two Innovation Forums for Alberta decision-makers. IHE produces Mental Health Economics Handbook for Mental Health commission of Canada (Fr/Eng).

2010 – IHE in collaboration with AH and the AMA hosts a national forum on Provider Financing methods and conducts evaluation of Alternative Relationship plans. IHE establishes the Lay Advisory Committee. IHE launches Methodology Forum series in partnership with public agencies and private industry.

2011 – IHE conducts three major symposia for AHS/AH to support health care planning – Becoming the Best series (Game changing Innovation/High Performing Health systems/Population health Innovations). IHE conducts national forum with the Canadian Institute for Health Information on Activity based Funding Models. IHE holds national discussion on Industry Payor agreements in pharmaceutical coverage.

2012 – IHE continues to expand technology assessment capacity looking at methods and approaches, post policy implementation and early HTA to inform innovators. IHE becomes a dedicated partner in health economics analysis with Alberta researchers and decisionmakers on national and provincial granting agency competitions. IHE conducts a number of industry/payor partnership dialogues in areas of innovation.

2013 – IHE produces report for Health Canada on Options for PMPRB. IHE conducts 5th Consensus Development Conference on Legal Issues with FASD and hosts the 1st international conference on Prevention of FASD resulting in an International Charter on FASD prevention published in the Lancet. IHE hosts Living Laboratory Roundtable to inform provincial policy development.

2014 – IHE assumes the role as secretariat for the International Network of HTA Agencies (INAHTA). IHE conducts two Consensus conferences on a) Screening for AntiMicrobial Resistant organisms and b) Mental Health Transitions for the Severe Persistent Mentally Ill (SPMI). IHE active participant in planning for provincial strategies in acceleration of research and innovation into care.