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International Health Data Linkage Network Meeting (IHDLN)

Mon, Apr 28, 2014 - Wed, Apr 30, 2014
All Day

Hyatt Regency Vancouver 655 Burrard Street
British Columbia
V6C 2R7 Canada


We live in an age of data with electronic collections of information about every sort of human activity, from Google searches and Amazon purchases to detailed administrative data from health care use or educational attainment. The public expects that these data are mined for useful, targeted information. Commercial applications are well embedded in practice; public and population health policy uses less so.

We are also in a time of rapid change – in technology, jobs, government spending, demographics and many other aspects of society. There are opportunities for the power of population based administrative data to be realized to support and guide smart policy change – to achieve societal objectives such as increasing high school graduation rates, saving millions in primary care, reducing worker injuries, or reducing adverse drug reactions.

This conference is intended to highlight what is happening in the world of linked population-based data as it applies to public policy regarding the health of populations. What are the new and exciting data sources? What fields are furthest ahead in capitalizing on data to produce evidence for public policy? What evidence are they producing? What can we learn from use of big data in the private sector? Where will we be 10 years from now?  Come join us and help chart that future.

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