A novel partnership is bringing
innovative care and products
to patients and families
WRITTEN BY DEBBY WALDMAN
Alberta medical researchers are
recognized around the world for their
groundbreaking advances. For the past
five years, a novel partnership between
Alberta Health Services (AHS) and
Alberta Innovates (AI) has been bringing
researchers’ advances into the healthcare
system to benefit patients and all
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 pathway
to take innovation from the lab into the
healthcare system, which is not always
easy. AI provides a range of supports to
foster innovation in medical research.
Part of our mandate is to translate that
research into health, social and economic
benefits for Albertans. The SCNs are an
integral part of that.
Q: What are Strategic Clinical
Wasylak: SCNs are provincewide,
multidisciplinary teams focused on
a particular aspect of health (such as
cancer or diabetes), areas within the
system (such as emergency medicine
and mental health) or groups of patients
(such as seniors, newborns, children or
Each of Alberta’s 15 SCNs is made up
of healthcare professionals and clinical
researchers as well as administrators,
A partnership between Alberta Innovates and Alberta Health Services is creating
pathways to healthcare innovation.