Dr. Valeria E. Rac is a Scientist and Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Lead with the Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research (TRCHR), Peter Munk Cardiac Centre at the Toronto General Hospital Research Institute (TGHRI), University Health Network (UHN). She is also the Director of the Program for Health System and Technology Evaluation, TGHRI, and an Associate Professor at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation (IHPME), University of Toronto (UofT). In addition, Dr. Rac is a Co-Lead of two research programs with the CIHR SPOR Diabetes Action Canada Network: Knowledge Mobilization, Implementation and Evaluation Program and Diabetic Retinopathy Screening Program.
Dr. Rac’s expertise is in HTA, evaluation and health services research. Her program is focused on program and network evaluations and complex interventions in chronic disease management, working closely with patients and their family members, community partners, innovators, researchers and government/policy-makers. Using a variety of evaluative approaches to assess our healthcare system, Dr. Rac and her team provide rapid, timely feedback to all involved stakeholders that contribute to the establishment of a learning healthcare system. They generate rigorous evidence and provide decision support to implement innovative, system-disruptive technologies that empower patients, deliver the best outcomes, and create high-performing, cost-effective healthcare systems.
Care transitions in and out of hospital are increasingly the target of health system reform in Canada. Despite the focus on care transitions, few interventions have been found to reduce readmissions or costs. Integrated models of care (IC) are evidence-based […]