Keynote Address / Workshop

The Health Data Landscape in Canada: a Brave New(ish) World for Researchers

The Health Data Landscape in Canada: a Brave New(ish) World for Researchers

This presentation will provide an overview of how personal health information is, and is not, being used to inform decisions about our health care system. The Canadian constitution vested authority for public health care provision in the provinces and as a result, Canada has 13 distinct public health systems. While this is a rich ‘natural experiment’ through which provinces can learn from each other, it also has led to significant barriers in undertaking evidence-based health research. The presentation will outline some of those barriers and provide examples of how researchers are overcoming them. Examples of how NB is helping to lead some National initiatives in this area will be highlighted.

Dr. Ted McDonald
Dr. Ted McDonaldDirector, NB Institute for Research, Data and Training (NB-IRDT)
About the Speaker:

Dr.Ted McDonald is a Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Melbourne, Australia. He is the founding Director of the NB Institute for Research, Data and Training, New Brunswick’s only provincial administrative data centre. He is the Chair of the Canadian Research Data Centre Network Academic Council, a member of the CRDCN Board, and the Academic Director of the NB Statistics Canada Research Data Centre. Dr. McDonald is also on the executive committee of Health Data Research Network Canada and is the New Brunswick lead of the Maritime SPOR SUPPORT Unit (MSSU). His main areas of research include the health status and health services use of immigrants and other subpopulations, socioeconomic determinants of cancer and other chronic diseases, and immigrant retention and mobility. Dr. McDonald is a UNB research scholar for 2020-22 and previously held that title in 2012-14. In 2019 he was co-winner of the Mike McCracken award for Economics Statistics, awarded by the Canadian Economics Association.


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