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Provincial Health System Access

Provincial Health System Access

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Supporting Access to Alberta Health Services Resources for Research Purposes


​​COVID-19 Updates for Researchers


- AHS Research Relaunch Readiness - information is being updated in real-time, if you do not see your clinic listed, please submit the clinic name to

- AHS Guidance for Researchers - updated June 10, 2020

- Cross Cancer Institute-FAQ for Study Sponsors - updated March 19, 2020

- Tom Baker Cancer Centre-FAQ for Study Sponsors - updated March 19, 2020


​Other Related COVID-19 Updates for Researchers

AHS Health System Access (previously known as "Provincial Research Adminstration") supports the administration of clinical research studies (post-ethics approval) requiring access to AHS' provincial data or network resources, administrative departments and/or operational areas.  If you have any questions, please contact a member of our team:  HSA Contacts

Note:  The Northern Alberta Clinical Trials Research Centre (NACTRC) provides research administration for AHS studies restricted to the Edmonton zone. The Covenant Health Research Centre provides research administration for studies conducted in Covenant Health facilities.

Resources for Researchers & Research Staff

Requesting AHS Resources

​If you have a REB-approved study that requires the use of AHS health information, data systems, access to operational areas and/or purchased services departments, please submit your request via this HSA Questionnaire form.

To view the processing status of your submitted request, visit the HSA Processing Status look up page.

​​IT Access for Research Purposes

​​Request AHS IT Access for Research Purposes

Getting Started with Connect Care for Research (a list of contacts and resources available to help you)

​Patient Recruitment​Patient Recruitment at AHS - information to help researchers understand AHS research recruitment best practices
Research Ethics Resources​

Submitting to a research ethics board (REB)

Is my project considered research? [ARECCI tool]

Data Access

Research Data Catalogue - this list contains information related to research access for ~250 data sources (clinical and administration) within AHS.

Requesting and Transferring AHS Data - information about requirements for disclosing/transferring AHS Health Infomation/Data to another entity.

REDCap in Alberta - contact information for researchers interested in using REDCap as their electronic data capture tool for clinical research.

​Operational Approval

Requesting Operational Approval

List of AHS Operational Areas and Assessors (AHS OA Matrix) by zone.

​Purchased Services

​Purchased Services departments are the services that support research by operating on a fee-for-service basis. These departments typically have an established price list for their services and require arrangements to be made ahead of study initiation and documented with a mutually agreed "Service Quotation" or "Purchased Services Agreement" signed by the researcher and the service department.

List of purchased services at AHS

Training & Regulatory Resources

Access to N2 SOPs Standard Operationg Procedures (SOP) for Clinical Trials to support Health Canada compliance.  N2 SOP Table of Contents.

CITI Training : Online training in best practice, applicable guidelines and legislation related to health research.

Training Recommendations Recommended courses by type of health research and regulatory requirements.

The Alberta Clinical Research Consortium provides guidance resources and a research concierge service to assist with setting up and conducting a health research study in Alberta.

Research Finance ​

Setting up a Research Account

Submitting Manual Payment Requisition for Research Invoices

AHS Finance FAQ for NACTRC Researchers

Research Contracts​Research Contract Administration at AHS [in development]

Connect Care Resources

Getting Ready for Connect CareConnect Care FAQs
CC Readiness_Team Survey

CC_Research_Wave 1 Update_11May2020
CC Research Wave 1 Update_26Feb2020
CC Research Wave 1 Update_06Feb2020
CC Research Wave 1 Update_23Jan2020
CC Research Wave 1 Update_08Jan2020
CC Research Wave 1 Update_20Dec2019
CC Research Wave 1 Update_29Nov2019
CC Research Wave 1 Update_15Nov2019
CC Research Wave 1 Update_12Nov2019

CI Newsletter_July2019
Link to online newsletter

ToolsCC Research Readiness Checklist_May2019
Training Resources

Provider Workflow - Signing Pended Orders
Super User Infographic_May2019
Research_Assumptions_One Pager
Research FAQ 
Research Overview QA document0719
Welcome to Connect Care Research End User training

Templates and DocumentsNorms – Charting Etiquette for Research
Letter to Sponsors_AHS Calibration
Ordering Research Labs - Guidance
Documenting Patient Interest to Participate- Guidance
Orders Only Encounters and Pre-Charting - Guidance
Generic Investigational Med Records - Guidance
Research CIS System Overview - Letter to Sponsors
Timelines & MilestonesCC Implementation Timeline
Presentations & Videos

CC Research Webinar_Reporting Navigation & Functionality_20Jul2020.pdf
CC Research Overview_Webinar_15Jun2020.pdf
CC Research_Research Functionalities & Updates_19May2020.pdf

CC Research_COVID-19 Research Webinar_20Apr2020.pdf
Recording: CC Research_Cogito Overview_18Feb2020
Recording: CC Research_Research Conversion_Waves 2/3
How to Access Connect Care Portal for Research Monitors.pdf
Recording: CC Research - Day in the Life_24Jan2020
Recording: CC Research - Key Research Workflow Messages_20Jan2020
Recording: CC Research Information Session - Waves 2/3_17Jan2020
Recording: CC Research Workflows - Post-Launch Learnings_28Nov2019
Recording: CC Research User Group Launch Meeting_15Aug2019
CC Research User Group Launch Meeting_15Aug2019.pdf
Research Overview_Jan2019.pdf
Cogito Demo Overview​
Cogito Demo: Lunch n' Learn


​Email with any questions you may have about Connect Care Research. 

​Resources to Support AHS Operational Areas

Data Access​​Research Data Catalogue

Best Practices for Research Data Disclosures - Information for Repositories to assist with releasing AHS data for research purposes

Operational Approval: Resources for Clinical AreasInformation about Purchased Services (ie. DI Pharmacy, Lab Services, HIM)

Providing Operational Approval - information for operational approvers and site managers when researchers request access to your site

IT Access for Research PurposesRequest AHS IT Access for Research Purposes
Training & Regulatory ResourcesAccess to N2 SOPs Standard Operationg Procedures (SOP) for Clinical Trials to support Health Canada compliance.  N2 SOP Table of Contents.

CITI Training : Online training in best practice, applicable guidelines and legislation related to health research.

Training Recommendations Recommended courses by type of health research and regulatory requirements

News & Announcements

For the latest news and announcements related to AHS

Provincial Research Administration, please click here.