August 22, 2014


Programs and Events


28th Annual Margaret Scott Wright: Research and Innovation Day 2014

Nursing and its research have never been charged with achieving so much. The best and most efficient ways are now urgently needed to:

  • mobilize and empower nurses to use research, to innovate, and to lead
  • ensure that talented nurses can readily access the best education to do research
  • develop and harness the methods and studies necessary to address the most pressing health needs

To meet these challenges, new approaches are needed – in short: Nursing Research 2.0.

Participate in Margaret Scott Wright Research and Innovation Day on Friday, November 7, 2014 to consider what Nursing Research 2.0 means, connect with others to spearhead change, and contribute to changing the future of nursing and its research.

Register and/or submit your abstract today!

Date: Friday, November 7, 2014
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Location: Lister Centre, University of Alberta 87 Ave. & 116 St.

For more information and to register, click HERE.


Important Announcements


Expanded Access to Netcare for Research

The Alberta Netcare Portal (Netcare) is a viewer of health information provided from many source systems across the province. It is a powerful clinical tool and increasingly investigators are requesting access to this information for research purposes.

As a custodian of Netcare, Alberta Health Services (AHS) is bound by the Information Exchange Protocol (IEP) (2007) when providing access for research personnel. Because ANP was developed primarily as a clinical tool, the rules around access for research are currently quite limiting.

Revisions to these rules are expected to be tabled in the next session of the Alberta Legislature at which time we will have an opportunity as a collective community of investigators and research administrators to review and comment on how well the changes respond to our evolving research environment.

In the meantime, AHS Research Administration has collected specific examples of research activities that are consistent with the intent of the IEP but under the existing interpretation could not acquire data directly from Netcare.

The AHS Chief Privacy Officer, Mike Tolfree, has reviewed the AHS obligation under the IEP in light of these examples and has offered an expanded interpretation of the IEP that permits AHS to offer better (albeit not ideal) access for researchers while we await the changes in legislation.

Thanks to Drs. Lawrence Richer, Richard Fedorak and Michael Hill who gathered comments from the research communities at the Universities of Alberta and Calgary to inform the drafting of these materials.

The new criteria for access and process for obtaining access are available HERE.

For further information please contact: Ryan Thomson, Director AHS Research Administration, ryan.thomson@albertahealthservices.ca or 403.388.6576.

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