O'Brien Institute for Public Health
Together, we will create solutions to deliver better health and better health care
We provide innovative solutions to tough challenges – those affecting the public health of Canadians and issues that arise in Canada’s evolving health care system.
Better health is about ideas and actions that improve the health of individuals and populations, like reducing obesity or increasing vaccinations. Better health care is about improving the systems we use to deliver health by cutting waste, building value, creating efficiencies in services, reducing wait times and improving patient outcomes.
Our health care system is among the best in the world. Yet it faces critical problems including rising costs, access to surgery and waiting times in emergency.
Innovative improvements developed at the O’Brien Institute for Public Health help to solve complex health care problems quickly and efficiently.
More than 400 academics and professionals are working together to achieve better health and better health care. Our health care experts focus on targets that enrich lives.
Together, we will use information to change the future of health.
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Big data and smart analytics
With the right data and analytic tools, we can answer big questions, including what is and what is not working in health care.
We’re creating health information dashboards for health system planning, providers and patients.
We’re enabling doctors to make better decisions and provide better information to their patients.
Our analytics for health focus on the development and application of new data and information methods.
Let’s save lives – and money – by turning information into ideas with impact.
Learning from the past to save lives today
The experiences of others can be used to make better health decisions, thanks to the ability of precision medicine to personalize treatment.
Procedures used to visualize cardiac events like artery blockages – while vital to helping save a person’s life – can also wreak havoc on the kidneys. Matthew James uses health data to evaluate a patient’s risk so that important steps can be taken to carry out these procedures safely.
The information collected through big data, and the insights it provides, is helping physicians make informed decisions to save lives.