Alberta invests in modern health solutions

Press Release

Feb 23, 2023

A collaboration between Alberta Health Services and Alberta Innovates will provide funding to university researchers to explore technologies that improve patient outcomes.

Research teams from the universities of Alberta and Calgary have been awarded $9.6 million from Alberta’s Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Health System to accelerate innovation in health care.

The investment will help researchers deploy emerging health technologies to support the delivery of innovative care models that empower patients, families and health-care teams to improve quality of care in various clinical areas.

Modernizing health care in this way has the potential to identify issues early so they can be treated promptly, thereby keeping patients healthier, reducing the risk of more serious complications and minimizing hospital visits.

“Health care needs to be efficient, effective and timely, and innovation supports those objectives. These projects illustrate the ingenuity of Alberta’s research and innovation teams. With their resourcefulness we can develop a more progressive health system that offers improved care to Albertans.”

Jason Copping, Minister of Health

Dr. Prism Schneider, from the University of Calgary’s McCaig Institute for Bone and Joint Health, is one of the program’s eight successful applicants. She will be working to develop an electronic health solution that will alert, educate, survey, triage and communicate with patients who suffer from osteoporosis or fragility fractures.

“Some of the most exciting advances in health care come from innovators who use technology to solve problems in new ways. I’m excited to see the medical research happening across Alberta. This investment will help to further that important research and to deliver better health care for all Albertans.”

Nate Glubish, Minister of Technology and Innovation

Virtual and electronic solutions being explored by all eight projects will help ensure patient engagement, improve delivery and quality of care, and lead to further efficiencies in the health-care system.

“The Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Health System is an incredibly valuable program for Alberta Innovates. We’re pleased to partner with Alberta Health Services and the Strategic Clinical Networks to add innovative new programs to our health system. We congratulate all eight applicants, and we look forward to the results that flow from this partnership.”

Laura Kilcrease, CEO, Alberta Innovates

Quick facts

  • A total of 27 applications for this year’s Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Health System funding were received and eight projects were funded.
    • Three are from the University of Calgary
    • Five are from the University of Alberta
  • Investigators will have up to two years to complete their projects.
  • Application of modern technologies will support the delivery of innovative care models that empower patients, families and their health-care teams to improve quality of care. Technologies include, but are not limited to:
    • virtual and augmented reality
    • improvements to telehealth
    • mobile-health applications
    • connected devices
    • sensors
    • wearables
    • 3D printing
    • computer simulation and modelling

Successful projects

Institution Lead Applicant Project Title Funding Amount
University of Calgary Kamala Adhikari Integrating Prevention into Connect Care for Health (IPiC-Health) $1,050,000
University of Alberta Maria Castro-Codesal Adoption and enhancement of a care pathway for children with medical complexity: an implementation evaluation project for tracheostomy in pediatrics $1,128,393
University of Alberta Justin Chen Optimization of Staphylococcus aureus Bacteremia Management (OPTIMUS-SAB) $990,175
University of Alberta Alim Hirji Telehealth solutions to reduce adverse events for hospitalized patients in Alberta $1,376,850
University of Calgary Matthew James UPTAKE: Using personalized risk and computerized tools to guide transitions following acute kidney events – computer decision support and telehealth solutions to reduce acute care hospitalization $1,243,670
University of Alberta Darren Lau Linking diabetes care: An integrated electronic health approach to diabetes with First Nations in Alberta $1,433,750
University of Calgary Prism Schneider POWER Program: Personalized Osteoporosis Care With Early Recognition, a novel electronic provincial outpatient fracture liaison service $1,230,489
University of Alberta Karen Wong Patient dashboard (PD-IDB) to improve complex care and self-management of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) $1,115,895

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