This relationshipis improvingAlbertans’healthcare
A novel partnership is bringing
innovative care and products
to patients and families
WRITTEN BY DEBBY WALDMAN
Alberta medical researchers arerecognized around the world for theirgroundbreaking advances. For the pastfive years, a novel partnership betweenAlberta Health Services (AHS) andAlberta Innovates (AI) has been bringingresearchers’ advances into the healthcaresystem to benefit patients and allAlbertans.
Reg Joseph, AI’s vice president of
Health, and Tracy Wasylak, AHS’s
senior program officer for Strategic
Clinical Networks (SCNs), describe the
partnership and how it’s changing lives
for the better.
Q: Why’s this relationship important?
Joseph: Because it creates a pathwayto take innovation from the lab into thehealthcare system, which is not alwayseasy. AI provides a range of supports tofoster innovation in medical research.
Part of our mandate is to translate thatresearch into health, social and economicbenefits for Albertans. The SCNs are anintegral part of that.
Q: What are Strategic Clinical
Wasylak: SCNs are provincewide,multidisciplinary teams focused ona particular aspect of health (such ascancer or diabetes), areas within thesystem (such as emergency medicineand mental health) or groups of patients(such as seniors, newborns, children orIndigenous Peoples).
Each of Alberta’s 15 SCNs is made upof healthcare professionals and clinicalresearchers as well as administrators,
A partnership between Alberta Innovates and Alberta Health Services is creatingpathways to healthcare innovation.