C2E2 2019 Annual Lecture Guest Speaker: Jean-Louis Denis

20 Years of Health Reforms in Canada: The Experience of Seven Provinces

Over the last 25 years there has been in many cases a failure to adapt to emerging health needs and priorities within health systems in Canada. This provides a strong policy rationale to search for alternative strategies that might produce much-needed reforms.

This annual lecture will explore the transformative capacity of provincial health systems focusing on three questions:

Harmful medication re-exposures could be avoided with new approaches

Vancouver, BC – Adverse drug events could be avoided by sharing patients’ medication histories and previous harmful medication exposures among various health care facilities. That’s one of the key findings of a study published July 18, 2019 in CMAJ Open

Led by Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute researcher Dr. Corinne Hohl, the study’s conclusions are a wake-up call to urgently find new approaches to better protect the health and safety of patients. 

Maternity Care in Rural Communities: Challenges and Opportunities

Rural communities are striving to meet the needs of pregnant women and families. This seminar will describe the changing landscape of rural obstetric care, including the scope of obstetric unit and hospital closures in rural areas of the US, and its effects on patient access and clinical care. Policy and community solutions will be discussed.

Awards pave path to discovery for investigators

Each year, Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute (VCHRI) promotes excellence in health research through the annual VCHRI Investigator Awards. These awards recognize outstanding health investigators and support their research efforts through peer-reviewed salary support awards. The awards provide an opportunity for investigators to reduce their clinical practice commitments and build their research capacity to expand the possibilities of improving health research. They are supported by VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation.

PhD student wins Awards from both CADTH and ISPOR

Congratulations to William Hall for receiving awards from both the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technology in Health (CADTH) and ISPOR – the Professional Society for Health Economics and Outcomes Research.

The CADTH award recognizes promising students in the area of health economics, and invites them to showcase their research at the annual symposium. At the symposium, William presented his work on the cost-effectiveness of robots designed to reduce patient infections using ultra-violet light.

CADTH Recognition Awards Anniversary Medal Recipient - Stirling Bryan

photo credit Cooper & O'Hara

Introduced in 2014 to commemorate CADTH’s 25th anniversary, the CADTH Anniversary Medal is awarded to individuals whose hard work and dedication have helped develop, support, and expand the use of HTA as a vital component of an effective health care system.

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Where are They Now? C2E2 Alumni Basia Rogula tells her story

Basia Rogula completed a Master of Science in Statistics at UBC in 2016 and is currently a Senior Statistician at Broadstreet Health Economics and Outcomes Research. At Broadstreet, Basia aids in designing and conducting observational studies, and has had the opportunity to work on studies in a variety of fields of medicine including oncology, urology, and dermatology.