Investing in a Healthy Alberta
Health care expenditures in Alberta are increasingly unsustainable, with about $2.4M spent hourly and consuming approximately 40% of the provincial budget. A growing and aging population, a higher prevalence of chronic disease, a higher demand for multidisciplinary care, and the long and expensive process for converting research into innovation suggest that the rising trend in healthcare costs will not be slowing down.
The Health Innovation and Platforms team catalyzes and accelerates research and innovation in the health sector to address these challenges. We believe the advent of digital and data-enabled technologies is enabling the development of patient-focused clinical solutions, new models of care, and an acceleration of research into innovation that will form the future foundation of a more affordable, accessible, and high-quality health care system for all Albertans.
Our programs and services emphasize a collaborative approach through partnerships with government, industry, and citizens to deliver a strong and resilient health ecosystem in Alberta with a focus on the following themes:
Health System Transformation
We work closely with patients, health care delivery professionals, researchers, industry, and community partners to facilitate the development and adoption of novel solutions that will transform health care delivery for patients in Alberta. This includes testing and scaling novel models of care, leveraging digital and data-enabled technology to enhance care, and empowering patients and providers to self-manage their own care when it is possible.
Talent and Ecosystem Capacity Development
We deliver skills development opportunities that are aligned to evolving health sector market needs to generate the talent needed to drive our future economy. We build partnerships that will nurture and sustain the capacity necessary for advancing health innovation in Alberta and beyond.
Heath Innovation and Technology Acceleration
We work collaboratively to reduce barriers that slow the innovative process. Building and operating the services which advance the clinical and ethical requirements of research is a core service offered by our team. We support health-technology companies with market access by providing opportunities for health system partnerships and real-world data generation.
Emerging and Strategic Opportunities
Health is a complex industry powered by cutting-edge innovation and driven by global trends in both healthcare and technology. We are responsive to emerging opportunities in new strategic areas; spanning the commercialization spectrum from discovery to development to market adoption.