Alberta improves bone care by means of digital well being analysis

Alberta improves bone care by means of digital well being analysis


$9.5 million in digital well being funding awarded from the Partnership for Analysis and
Innovation within the Well being System program

CALGARY, ALBERTA, February 23, 2023 – Alberta Innovates and Alberta Well being Companies are saying eight initiatives from the Partnership for Analysis and Innovation within the Well being System – Digital Well being (PRIHS) program. Eight researchers from the College of Alberta and College of Calgary will share $9.5 million in funding for digital well being initiatives that may present promising options to precedence well being system challenges.

One of many profitable initiatives is being led by Dr. Prism Schneider, from the McCaig Institute for Bone and Joint Well being, within the Cumming Faculty of Drugs, on the College of Calgary, who will take a look at bone well being. No less than one in three females, and one in 5 males, will expertise a fragility fracture as a result of osteoporosis or low bone mass in some unspecified time in the future of their lifetime. Fragility fractures happen from a standing peak, or much less. People experiencing a fragility fracture are two to 4 instances extra prone to have one other fracture within the following two years.

Dr. Schneider is growing an digital well being resolution that may alert, monitor, educate, survey, triage, and talk with sufferers to make sure engagement in life-long bone well being care to be able to cut back each the private and financial burden of fragility fractures on sufferers, caregivers, and the healthcare system.

35 expressions of curiosity, and functions, for this 12 months’s PRIHS funding had been obtained and in the end eight had been funded. Investigators can have as much as three years to finish their initiatives. Researchers will use applied sciences to help the supply of modern care fashions that empower sufferers, households and well being care groups to enhance high quality of care.


“Well being care must be environment friendly, efficient and well timed, and innovation helps these aims. These initiatives illustrate the ingenuity of Alberta’s analysis and innovation groups. With their resourcefulness we will develop a extra progressive well being system that gives improved care to Albertans.”

Jason Copping, Minister of Well being

“Expertise is not only an trade, it’s the way forward for each trade, and it should be the way forward for healthcare. Analysis initiatives like this are critically essential to growing new superior remedies, and in the end delivering higher healthcare for all Albertans.”

Nate Glubish, Minister, Expertise and Innovation

“By integrating innovation into our well being care system we proceed to enhance well being outcomes for Albertans. Alberta Innovates is happy to companion with Alberta Well being Companies and the Strategic Medical Networks so as to add modern new packages to our well being system. We congratulate all eight candidates, and we stay up for the outcomes that stream from this partnership.”

Laura Kilcrease, CEO, Alberta Innovates

“Utilizing digital care applied sciences, AHS can improve entry to look after sufferers nearer to dwelling, notably these in rural and distant communities. By supporting digital well being initiatives similar to Digital MD by means of Well being Hyperlink, we are going to develop our capacity to offer digital care to sufferers with much less pressing issues. In doing so, we will enhance capability inside our pressing care and emergency departments to look after these with extra medically complicated issues.”

Dr. Braden Manns, Vice President,
Provincial Medical Excellence, Alberta Well being Companies

“Dr. Schnieder’s analysis exemplifies how improvements in digital and data-enabled applied sciences have the potential for great optimistic impression on our well being system. UCalgary is grateful for Alberta Innovates’ help of our researchers and colleagues within the Alberta Well being Companies Strategic Medical Networks. The PRIHS program allows our students to align their analysis efforts with the wants of our well being system to advance evidence-based options to enhance healthcare high quality and well being outcomes for Albertans.”

Dr. Andre Buret, Affiliate Vice President, Analysis
College of Calgary


Profitable PRIHS – Digital Well being Tasks:

Establishment Lead Applicant Lead SCN Undertaking Title Funding Quantity
College of Calgary Kamala Adhikari Pan-SCN Integrating Prevention into Join Take care of Well being (IPiC-Well being $1,050,000.00
College of Alberta Maria Castro-Codesal Drugs (Respiratory) Adoption and enhancement of a care pathway for youngsters with medical complexity: an implementation analysis venture for tracheostomy in pediatrics $1,128,393.00


College of Alberta Justin Chen Drugs (Hospital) Optimization of Staphylococcus aureus Bacteremia Administration (OPTIMUS-SAB) $990,175.00


College of Alberta Alim Hirji Drugs (Respiratory) Telemonitoring to scale back antagonistic occasions for hospitalized sufferers in Alberta $1,376,850.00


College of Calgary Matthew James Drugs (Kidney)


UPTAKE: Utilizing customized threat and digital instruments to information transitions following acute kidney occasions – laptop determination help and distant monitoring to scale back acute care hospitalization. $1,243,670.28


College of Alberta Darren Lau Diabetes, Weight problems, and Vitamin Linking diabetes care: An built-in digital well being strategy to diabetes with First Nations in Alberta (LINK). $1,433,750.00


College of Calgary Prism Schneider Bone and Joint Well being POWER Program: Customized Osteoporosis Care With Early Recognition, a novel digital provincial outpatient fracture liaison service. $1,230,489.00


College of Alberta Karen Wong Digestive

Well being

Affected person dashboard (PD-IDB) to enhance complicated care and self-management of inflammatory bowel illness (IBD) $1,115,895.92


Whole $9,569,223.20

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