Virtual Health User Group

Tuesday, November 30th | 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EST | Cost: Complimentary

There are so many SAS users across Canada doing great work in Health Care. The Virtual Health User Group (VHUG) aims to showcase what is being done in this industry, from coast to coast. All the while, connecting you with other brilliant minds. Now, more than ever, we aim to bring the health care communities together and encourage discussions to learn from one another.  Join us to experience the art of the possible.

SAS User Groups provide an excellent opportunity to meet other SAS users, share knowledge and experience, and learn more about SAS solutions from colleagues, peers and SAS professionals. Whether you're a seasoned SAS software user with experiences to share or a newcomer who'd like to interact with other users, a user group is an excellent way to help you get the most value from your SAS technology. User groups offer a unique opportunity to:

  • Get an immediate return on your time investment. You can apply the techniques and skills you've learned as soon as you return to work.
  • Learn what's worked from other users and SAS professionals dealing with similar challenges
  • Get to know other SAS users and tap into local SAS resources

We look forward to seeing you on November 30th.


Featured Speakers

Jason Flindall, PhD

Senior Analyst, Population and Public Health & Special Projects
BC Ministry of Health

Samantha Magnus, MPH, MBA
Director of Methodologies and Cross-Sector Analysis
BC Ministry of Health

Jody Pow

Lead Data Manager


12:00 PM - 12:05 PMWelcome and Introduction
Harsh Vardhan, SAS Canada
12:05 PM - 12:30 PM

Understanding the Impact of COVID-19 on Utilization of Other Health Services
Jason Flindall & Samantha Magnus, BC Ministry of Health

While it is inarguable that the direct effects of COVID-19 can be deadly, the indirect effects from efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 are less well known. Research has suggested that health care avoidance, especially during the early days of the pandemic, may have resulted in delayed diagnoses and treatments. Likewise, prolonged closures of businesses and public spaces may restrict a person's access to physical activity and/or increase their risk of developing mental health disorders such as chronic anxiety or depression. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the direct and indirect effects that the COVID-19 pandemic – and our response to it – has had on the health care utilization behaviour of B.C.'s ~5 million residents. We use ICD9 and ICD10-CA codes, drawn from B.C. MoH administrative records, to compare monthly encounter rates for 200+ health conditions to ARIMA-generated forecasts. Health condition groups are defined according to CIHI's Population Grouper methodology. 

12:30 PM - 12:55 PM

Health Quality Council of Alberta (HQCA) COVID-19 Dashboard
Jody Pow, HQCA

The Health Quality Council of Alberta's (HQCA) Primary Care Panel Reports have become a staple of quality improvement efforts for family physicians, paediatricians, and nurse practitioners over the past decade. In this presentation, the HQCA will describe the genesis, evolution, and future of the Primary Care Panel Reports with a focus on the use of Visual Analytics to report back to primary care providers on their patients' COVID-19 vaccination status.

12:55 PM - 1:00 PMClosing Remarks