Who We Are

The Institute for Health System Transformation and Sustainability (IHSTS) gathers, develops and shares evidence about British Columbia’s health care system to inform decisions that impact health care quality, cost and sustainability.

We are a valuable resource to those who plan, deliver and support health care services in BC. We collaborate with health authorities, clinical and community leaders, policy makers and government.

We ask great questions that lead to practical solutions. Our organizational independence, expertise and standardized project process help us develop credible, robust evidence that our partners can confidently use to improve policy and practice.

Our projects address issues of quality, cost and sustainability at three levels:

  • System-wide: big-picture issues that require broad provincial action to achieve long term system transformation;
  • Inter-regional: Issues affecting more than one health authority in the planning, delivery and support of health care services;
  • Local:  Issues specific to a single region, program or service.

IHSTS also funds a number of strategic projects that address government health priorities. This includes the BC Centre for Palliative Care, which was established in 2013 in support of the Ministry of Health’s Provincial End of Life Action Plan.