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IHE partners with Alberta Blue Cross in evaluating Workplace Wellness Programs

The Institute of Health Economics in partnership with Alberta Blue Cross has conducted an evaluation of Alberta Blue Cross’s digital wellness programs which are used by more than 360,000 plan members. The results demonstrate a positive health impact on health and savings in the health plans. The study found 81% of participants recorded improvements in health across a broad range of indicators. Summary Report: https://ab.bluecross.ca/pdfs/group/new-research-supports-ROI-for-workplace-wellness-investments.pdf For further information John Sproule, Senior Policy Director, Institute of Health Economics, Ph: 780-862-1905  Email: [email protected] The Institute of Health Economics (IHE) is an independent, not-for-profit research organization that conducts health economics and health services research,…
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Capturing Economic Impacts in Pandemic Policy

IHE CEO Dr. Christopher McCabe presented on September 15th to the Pacific Northwest Economic Region (PNWER) COVID-19 Recovery Call webinar series on the One Society Network which he co-chairs with Dr. Christopher Cotton of Queen’s University.The presentation was titled: “One Society Network: Capturing Economic Impacts in Pandemic Policy”. At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, PNWER (www.pnwer.org) began assembling calls of elected officials in the Pacific Northwest Region to discuss ways to respond to COVID-19 as a region. The goal of the call series is to share information and promote best practices to ensure decision makers in the region have a working understanding of the ‘puzzle pieces’ that will support safe sustainable post-COVID economic recovery. Link to presentation: https://vimeo.com/showcase/8343973/video/606663779 …
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Simulated, anonymized data could be key to healthcare innovations

IHE is a partner in a synthetic health data project sponsored by Health Cities in partnership with the University of Alberta School of Public Health, Merck Canada and Replica Analytics. The project advisory group includes Alberta Innovates and the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Alberta, The project was recently profiled in the University of Alberta Folio Magazine. Link:  https://www.ualberta.ca/folio/2021/09/even-better-than-the-real-thing-simulated-anonymized-data-could-be-key-to-health-care-innovations.html   For further information John Sproule, Senior Policy Director, Institute of Health Economics, Ph: 780-862-1905  Email: [email protected] The Institute of Health Economics (IHE) is an independent, not-for-profit research organization that conducts health economics…
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IHE CEO participates in study modelling COVID-19 projections in Alberta

IHE CEO, Dr. Chris McCabe, in his capacity as a health economics professor at the University of Alberta, participated in a study with colleagues from British Columbia: Dr. Caroline Colijn (SFU), Dr. Dean Karlen (UVic), Dr. Sarah Otto (UBC), Dr. Daniel Coombs (UBC), Dr. Eric Cytrynbaum (UBC), and Dr. Rob James (evidently.ca)  which explores possible scenarios of the impact of COVID-19 on hospitalizations in Alberta in the fall of 2021. The report takes into account vaccination rates, efficacy of vaccines against transmission and the relationship between cases and hospital occupancy in Alberta and elsewhere. The modelling report was posted publicly on August 13th and resulted in a number of media reports.  Note: modelling report(s) updated September 1st, 2021 (see below). Report (s): August…
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Call for applications: NOAHE internship & fellowship opportunities

The Network of Alberta Health Economists (NOAHE.ca) in partnership with health economists from IHE, Alberta Health, and the Universities of Alberta and Calgary, is now accepting applications for the 2021 NOAHE Scholarship Awards. Check out: https://noahe.ca/about/awards-scholarships Deadline for application is September 19, 2021 with a start date of October 1, 2021 Qualifications are outlined below.     (NOAHE) Graduate Award (Internship) is open to applicants with training and/or experience in the areas of health economics theory or practice, applied research, and/or health. Applicants must be current U of A or U of C graduate students in a Master or PhD Degree program focusing on health economics from the Department of Economics, Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Pharmacy, or School of Public…
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