Evidence that captures the observed impact of a process or technology on health outcomes and resource utilization outside of controlled clinical trials (real world evidence or RWE) is highly valuable to technology developers, manufacturers, regulators, payers, clinicians, and patients. It can be used to capture outcomes achieved and/or return on investment following the introduction of a technology, for monitoring effectiveness and safety, as well as tracking technology uptake and implementation. It has potential to drive evidence-based clinical and policy decision-making, to improve the efficiency of Alberta’s healthcare system and the return on the Province’s investment in healthcare dollars, and to improve health and economic outcomes.
Alberta has one of the largest, most mature, detailed, and comprehensive health system data depositories in Canada. As such, Alberta is poised to become a global leader in RWE generation. To realize this potential, the Universities of Alberta and Calgary, along with the Institute of Health Economics, have led the formation of the Alberta RWE Consortium. Consortium membership also includes Alberta Innovates, Alberta Health, Alberta Economic Development and Trade, and Alberta Health Services.
The Alberta Real World Evidence (RWE) Consortium engages key provincial stakeholders involved in Real World Evidence generation and utilization in order to advance provincial capabilities, ensure high quality projects managed to timelines and budget, and (where capacity is limited) help focus projects and provincial resources on joint priorities between sponsors and the province.
Alberta RWE UCalgary co-chair:
The Alberta Real World Evidence Consortium was formed and is co-chaired by the University of Calgary, the University of Alberta and the Institute of Health Economics. Representing the University of Calgary, Dr. Fiona Clement served as co-chair of the consortium since its inauguration in June 2018. Extensively trained in Health Services Research, Health Economics and Health Policy, Dr. Clement led the Consortium work at the UCalgary and provided invaluable guidance to the Consortium direction. Having continued her leadership through the early months of her well-deserved sabbatical, Dr. Clement stepped down from the co-chair role at the end of November 2019.
Going forward, Dr. Hude Quan will assume the AB Real World Evidence Consortium co-chair role. As a leader in big data analytics and health services research methodology, Dr. Quan is well positioned to guide real world evidence research in Alberta through the Consortium.