History

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Our History


The Institute of Health Economics (IHE), formerly the Institute of Pharmaco-Economics, was founded in 1995 on the belief that the best solutions to healthcare problems are the result of a collaborative approach, with all stakeholders at the table sharing insights and information. First led by the Rt. Hon. Don Mazankowski (Board Chair) and Dr. Devidas Menon (CEO), the vision of the institute was “to become a centre of excellence in the areas of health economics, health outcomes, and health policy research.” As the organization expanded, so did its mandate, resulting in a name change in 1999 to what we now know as the Institute of Health Economics. This new moniker better reflected the organization’s broadening research focus, which touches upon many aspects of the healthcare system.

In 2005, the IHE marked its 10th anniversary by welcoming new Board Chair Dr. Lorne Tyrrell and appointing new Executive Director and CEO, Prof. Egon Jonsson. The organization continued to grow and flourish, becoming the secretariat for Health Technology Assessment International (HTAi), the International Network of Agencies for Health Technology Assessment (INAHTA), and the Network of Alberta Health Economists (NOAHE), as well as the provincial program for health technology assessment in Alberta. The IHE is also a technical member of the World Health Organization's Health Evidence Network (WHO HEN), and a member of the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH) Technology Exchange and the Pan-Canadian HTA Collaborative.

Over 20 years later, now under the strong leadership of Dr. Christopher McCabe, the IHE remains one of Canada’s leading trusted, independent, not-for-profit research organizations, with a mission to inform coordinated, innovative, evidence-guided health policy and practice. To learn more about the IHE, its mission, and vision, please see About IHE.