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IHE announces new CEO

The IHE announces new CEO, Dr. Kate Harback. After an extensive search the Institute of Health Economics (IHE) Board of Directors has appointed Dr. Katherine (Kate) Harback as the new CEO and Executive Director for the IHE.  Dr. Harback brings to the position significant applied economic expertise, not only in health, but in transportation and other industries with a high degree of public and private interface and broad impact on the economy. She has been serving as Interim CEO for the IHE over the past year. “The IHE is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr. Kate Harback to guide the next phase of growth and increasing impact for the organization. Kate brings a unique leadership perspective that has been informed by her experience working both here in Canada and in the United States,…
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IHE article named Editor’s Choice – Value in Health Journal 2022

An IHE article, “A Conceptual Framework for Life Cycle Health Technology Assessment”, has been selected as an Editor’s Choice for 2022 by the academic journal Value in Health. The article outlines how standard HTA processes sometimes struggle to (1) support decisions that involve significant uncertainty and (2) encourage continued generation of and adaptation to new evidence. Authors propose a life-cycle (LC)-HTA framework, addressing these challenges by providing additional tools to decision makers and improving outcomes for all stakeholders. External Link: https://www.ispor.org/publications/journals/value-in-health/abstract/Volume-25--Issue-7/A-Conceptual-Framework-for-Life-Cycle-Health-Technology-Assessment For further information John Sproule Institute of Health Economics Phone: 780-862-1905…
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Release of Federal Chief Scientific Advisor Post-COVID Report

Canada’s Chief Science Advisor established a multidisciplinary task force in July 2022 to investigate and advise on ways to address post-COVID-19 condition in Canada. Dr. Ellen Rafferty from the Institute of Health Economics was invited to contribute to the report as a subject matter expert. Today, the taskforce released the product of their deliberations, a report on post-COVID-19 condition that syntheses existing scientific literature, published evidence, experience of service providers and the perspectives of people with lived experience, and provides recommendations for future research and management of post-COVID-19 condition in Canada.     Link to report: https://science.gc.ca/site/science/en/office-chief-science-advisor/initiatives-covid-19/post-covid-19-condition-canada-what-we-know-what-we-dont-know-and-framework-action…
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IHE staff member honored with Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee medal

The Institute of Health Economics’ Senior Policy Director John Sproule has received the Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee medal.   John was nominated by the Alberta Ministry of Health and the following citation was given: “In recognition of his long and distinguished career focused on improving health outcomes in Alberta and Canada, and his tireless efforts to drive change and innovation in highly complex systems.” https://www.ihe.ca/about-ihe/staff-directory/john-sproule Interim Institute of Health Economics CEO, Dr. Kate Harback noted: “On behalf of everyone at IHE, we want to provide the heartiest congratulations to our colleague John in receiving this very well-deserved honor. We are pleased to have John as part of the IHE team as we continue to support ongoing innovation and better…
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IHE partners with Athabasca University on health economics micro-credential course

The Institute of Health Economics (IHE) is partnering with Athabasca University to develop a new four-course micro-credential in health economics.  Health care planning and delivery are undergoing fundamental shifts due to innovations including precision medicine, artificial intelligence, and rapid expansion of virtual and remote health care delivery. Capitalising on these transformative technologies requires a workforce that can assess and understand the benefits and costs of these new models, including potential impact for patients. IHE Chief Scientific Officer Dr Jeff Round notes, “I am excited to be working with Athabasca University’s professional development arm, PowerED™, and the Faculty of Health Disciplines to deliver training that addresses an important skills gap in Alberta. This…
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