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Alberta Project Validates First Synthetic Health Dataset in Province


EDMONTON, Alberta, Oct. 21, 2020 -- The health innovation community has one more approach towards increasing the timely and safe utilization of health data thanks to a research project co-sponsored by Health City and the Institute of Health Economics (IHE) in partnership with Alberta Innovates, Replica Analytics, and University of Alberta. Unique in Canada, this project was initiated to provide insight into the value and validity of synthetic (simulated) data in health services research. The promising results have been submitted for publication.

“Alberta has a rich repository of health data that can provide important insights to support improvements in health care and improved use of health care resources,” stated Dr. Chris McCabe, CEO of IHE. “Synthetic data is a promising way to address the challenges of using personal health data directly. We look forward to testing this out and providing lessons on how we can use it for improved health and economic benefit for Alberta.”

Link: (pdf – Press release – Synthetic Dataset

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John Sproule Senior Policy Director, Institute of Health Economics Ph: (780) 862-1905 [email protected]