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ABJHI is a leader in transforming bone and joint health care to produce better patient outcomes and more efficient service delivery. One of our greatest strengths is our ability to bring together the clinicians, managers, policymakers and researchers whose collaboration is necessary to bring about improvement and efficiency.

The Alberta Bone and Joint Health Institute operates a robust data repository that integrates bone and joint data from the Alberta health system and patient-reported health outcomes. First established in 2004, the Alberta Bone and Joint Health Data Repository now captures select provincial administrative databases (ex. population, vital statistics), all inpatient (hospital) musculoskeletal activity, as well as outpatient musculoskeletal activity in emergency department, urgent care, day surgery, and select ambulatory care settings. Hip and knee clinic data captures pre- and post-surgical visits for about 90% of hip and knee arthroplasty patients in Alberta, as well as patient-reported outcomes.

We operate the repository through affiliation agreements with approximately 90 custodians of health data, including Alberta Health Services and orthopedic surgeons and other physicians. A privacy impact assessment has been approved by the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner (OIPC File #HS281) governing the controls in place to protect patient and provider privacy, and to ensure compliance with Alberta’s Health Information Act.

Better Bones, Better Joints, Better Being

As a not-for-profit organization and registered charity, we never let the quest for profit get in the way of our goal. This keeps us focused squarely on what matters the most – patients and health care delivery systems.