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Alberta Health Services

Phase 1 Finalist

Alberta Health Services (AHS) is the provincial organization responsible for delivery of a wide scope of services and programs at over 650 health care facilities across the province, including acute, long term, palliative, mental health and community health care services. AHS is working in partnership with multiple other service providers and non-profit organizations to address the opioid crisis in Alberta.

The Submission

The methodology for our submission required extensive input from persons responsible for service delivery and collection of data. For the final submission, data were compiled and cross-referenced from multiple sources to provide an example of how we might achieve the most complete picture of overdose cases possible. This innovative and challenging work involves combining administrative, safe consumption site and community data, which has many inherent challenges.

The Impact

By combining resources and knowledge across AHS departments and with external partners, we are proposing a model that breaks down siloes, increases efficiencies, and enables presentation of a more cohesive picture of the current opioid crisis. Creating a way to combine the health system data and community data in a safe and reliable method will enhance opioid monitoring and facilitate faster responses to prevent or mitigate risks associated with opioid use.