Dec. 18, 2012

(Edmonton, Alberta) December 18, 2012…Alberta Health Services (AHS) and Alberta Innovates – Health Solutions (AIHS) are pleased to be working together on a new partnership to support research and innovation that will improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the health care system.

The Alberta Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Health System (PRIHS) Fund has been established with an initial $2.5 million contribution from each organization. The partnership will support high quality, relevant research that looks at different or better ways of providing health care to Albertans. Details of the funding process and timelines will be announced in 2013.

AHS is charged with overseeing the planning and delivery of health supports and services to more than 3.7 million adults and children living in the province of Alberta. Using its expertise and experience as a health care system, AHS will define research priorities to determine where these funds will best help to improve care.

“One initiative that will benefit from this partnership is our Strategic Clinical Networks. These networks will ‘mine for value’ by developing and answering research questions to improve the delivery of care,” said Dr. Kathryn Todd, Senior Vice-President of Research for AHS.

AIHS’s funding opportunities and strategies are based on collaborations and partnerships that target priority driven, outcomes-focused research and innovation.

“While each partner’s business activities are different – health service delivery for AHS and research and innovation support for AIHS – we are both working to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the health system and improve the health of Albertans,” said Dr. Jacques Magnan, CEO of AIHS.

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