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Oct 122015

How to Build an Osteoarthritis Systems Model

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Watch this short video to learn how a systems dynamic model for osteoarthritis can help planners and policy makers improve health service delivery in Alberta. This research is supported by grants from Alberta Innovates Health Solutions, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and the Arthritis Society of Canada. Dr. Marshall is supported ...

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ABJHI Mourns the Loss of Dr. Cy Frank
Mar 062015

ABJHI Mourns the Loss of Dr. Cy Frank

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Cy Frank, surgeon, researcher, innovator, visionary, passed away suddenly on March 5, 2015. His was a life of continuous journey in pursuit of medical knowledge, health care innovation, and visionary public health policy. Cy’s unabashed passion and confident resoluteness inspired others to join him on his journey. Continue reading » Share:

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Feb 172015

Can Healthcare Premiums Improve Data Quality?

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With the Alberta government’s announcement that the province faces a $7 billion shortfall this year, it is not surprising to see the debate about healthcare premiums once again hit the front page. The premise that the health budget will be “saved” by the reintroduction of healthcare premiums is worthy of skepticism. The ...

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Leveraging the Alberta Data Advantage
Nov 072014

Leveraging the Alberta Data Advantage

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I recently purchased a vehicle. That transaction is still at the forefront of my mind as I have spent a lot of time reflecting back on my decision making process. First, consider the complexity of the decision being made. I had to integrate my set of preferences, needs and wants with a set of constraints (e.g. budget) and available features ...

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Feb 102014

Capturing the Patient Experience

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A new type of researcher has been added to the research community in Alberta. Patient and Community Engagement Researchers, or PACERs, have been actively engaged in qualitative research over the past year exploring patient-centric issues relating to Alberta’s health system. The first wave of studies have been published, revealing ...

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Jan 172014

The Benefits of Next Available Surgeon

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Next Available Surgeon queuing is designed to smooth patient demand for care across many physicians. Incoming referrals are pooled and attached to the next available surgeon that is appropriate for the patient. The benefits are more predictable wait times, less variation between the shortest and longest waiters, and fewer “shocks” when one ...

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Jan 042014

Keeping Your New Year’s Fitness Resolution

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It is perhaps not surprising to learn that fitness goals continue to dominate the list of most popular New Year’s resolutions. Anyone who visits a gym in January knows the frustration of waiting for your favourite piece of equipment as the freshly committed flock to the gym with the good intention of losing those extra 10 or 20 pounds. ...

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Dec 232013

Why Change is Hard

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There are few universal constants in life (aside from death and taxes), but one pervasive truth exists: change is hard. There are many reasons for this; inertia, taking comfort from familiar routines, and a misdirected desire to function at peak efficiency are just some of the reasons that people resist change. In the end, we are all creatures ...

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