Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Health System (PRIHS)

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The Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Health System (PRIHS) is a program designed to support Alberta Health Service (AHS) Strategic Clinical Networks (SCNs) as nodes of research and innovation.

PRIHS strengthens health research capacity in Alberta by encouraging collaboration and partnerships between Alberta’s academic institutions, health and clinician researchers, patients, and AHS operations to impact the health system.

PRIHS is designed to align the knowledge production efforts of researchers with the evidence needs of the health system. The program provides opportunities for researchers to propose solutions to priority health system challenges and access support from SCNs and other expertise within AHS to administer implementation studies. In turn, these studies will help AHS identify and advance solutions that improve healthcare quality, health outcomes and value for Albertans.

Current Opportunities

Applying Innovation to the Health System

  1. PRIHS 8 -Digital Health
  2. See the results for funded projects from PRIHS VI

Impacts of PRIHS in Action

Reducing inpatient readmission rates for patients discharged from acute psychiatric care in Alberta using peer and text message support Reducing Ventricular/Lumbar Drain and Ventricular Shunt Insertion Infections in the Neurosurgery, Trauma, and ICU Patient Population in Alberta The Alberta Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Mother-Baby Care ImprovEmeNT (NASCENT) Program: A stepped wedge cluster randomized trial of a hospital-level Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome intervention
Improving the delivery of acute dialysis to critically ill patients in Alberta – DIALYZING WISELY A Perioperative Glycemic Management Pathway for Reducing Length of Stay in Albertan Surgical Patients Eliminating hepatitis C in Alberta is feasible and cost-effective

View past awards here.

PRIHS Evaluation 2020

To ensure PRIHS continues to deliver on its goals and show improvement, a program evaluation was conducted in 2020. The timeframe for the evaluation spans from program launch in 2014 to September 2019, with the first six iterations of PRIHS in scope.

Important background information is available in this document:

An overview of key messages and evaluation findings are outlined in the PRIHS Evaluation Executive Summary.

Questions about the evaluation can be directed to AI’s Performance Management and Evaluation team.


Update on an earlier PRIHS