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Institute for Health System Transformation & Sustainability


British Columbia, Canada

Transforming innovative ideas into system change


Welcome to IHSTS — a dynamic not-for-profit organization forging innovative partnerships to swiftly propel novel health concepts into reality. We specialize in crafting and implementing ingenious evidence-based health solutions, amplifying upstream innovation, and driving comprehensive health system transformation. 

At IHSTS, we are the action-takers, the game-changers. We identify and act on the priorities that lead to a healthier community. With a team of seasoned executives, professionals, and consultants armed with extensive experience in the healthcare industry, we bring the highest quality evidence and unwavering support to our partners and populations.

Join us on this transformative journey, as we challenge the status quo and ignite a new way of thinking about health. Together, we're reshaping the future of British Columbians' well-being.



As a dynamic organization, we are dedicated to forging innovative partnerships that propel us into the future. Our commitment extends beyond the norm; we are here to accelerate new ideas, design and develop cutting-edge solutions, and scale upstream innovation to unprecedented heights. At IHSTS, we embrace the challenge of achieving system transformation, pushing boundaries, and redefining industry standards. We explore the possibilities – where dynamic partnerships pave the way for a future of limitless potential.

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Accelerate New Ideas

Design and Develop Solutions

Scale and Spread Upstream Innovation

Achieve System Transformation



Transforming innovative ideas into system change is our commitment at IHSTS. We believe in fostering a culture of creativity and collaboration to turn great ideas into tangible results. Our platform provides a space for idea generation and encourages partnerships.


We emphasize clear communication and alignment with our organizational mission, ensuring that every proposed change contributes to our overarching goals. Implementation is a collaborative effort, involving interdisciplinary teams, dedicated resources, and measurable benchmarks.


Our continuous evaluation processes and feedback loops guarantee ongoing refinement and adaptation. With leadership commitment, we aim to create a culture of adaptability, scalability, and sustained improvement.

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At IHSTS, we create health solutions using evidence-based research and innovative partnerships. We offer a range of health-related products that cater to the diverse needs of our British Columbia (BC) population.



Our services focus on prevention and chronic disease strategies while striving for health innovation in BC. Our team of executives, specialists, and healthcare professionals are dedicated to providing evidence you can trust to inform quality care that supports our partnerships and populations.

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We have worked on several projects, ranging from community health initiatives and research studies to workshops and focus groups. Our projects are based on evidence-based research and aim to improve the health outcomes of the communities in BC.










Our recent projects include supporting innovation in community-based diabetes prevention, accelerating best practices in palliative care, and understanding the experiences of key populations with chronic disease in BC. We are committed to making a positive impact on the health of the community.

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We have worked with several partners, including healthcare organizations, research institutions, government organizations, and community groups. Our partnerships are based on shared values and a commitment to improving the health of the community.










Some of our partners include the BC Ministry of Health, Family Practice in BC, YMCA, Self-management BC, Health Quality BC, Canadian Indian Network Society, Emergency Medicine Network, BC Centre for Palliative Care, NeuroDevNet, Vancouver Coastal Health, and Fraser Health.

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As part of our efforts to enhance our understanding of Type 2 diabetes prevention programs, we studied one of the largest diabetes prevention programs in the world, the NHS Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) in the United Kingdom.


Explore the NHS DPP in our latest peer-reviewed publication titled: The National Health Service England Diabetes Prevention Program—A Narrative Review. The NHS DPP, a UK initiative since 2015, is working to prevent type 2 diabetes across England. This review assesses its effectiveness, emphasizing risk reduction and cost-effectiveness. It explores the challenges associated with a DPP, including fidelity and diverse population needs. Key recommendations involve evidence-based service delivery, stakeholder engagement, and digital innovation as well as strategic planning, political support, and partnerships. The learnings from this diabetes program review can be applied to other health programs that focus on chronic disease prevention.


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We are thrilled to  share some exciting updates about the IHSTS-led T2D Network to kick off the new year. We've recently launched our revamped website and social media platforms where you can explore the latest news, resources, and much more.


We also recently hosted our first IHSTS T2D Network webinar of 2024:


Reducing Overtreatment in Type 2 Diabetes 

In this insightful session, we will delve into the critical issue of over-treatment in Type 2 diabetes, particularly prevalent among older adults grappling with frailty. Dr. Iliana Lega, renowned from Women’s College Hospital in Toronto, and Dr. Wade Thompson, distinguished expert from the University of British Columbia, will share their expertise on navigating the evolving landscape of reasonable and safe glycemic targets.

If you have ever pondered the optimal timing and approach for addressing over-treatment by adjusting Type 2 diabetes medication doses or considering cessation, this webinar promises valuable insights.

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