The purpose of the BC Academic Health Science Network (BC AHSN) is to accelerate the translation of research insights into innovations that address patient needs and health system priorities to improve population health outcomes.
As an independent provincial organization, BC AHSN’s role is to foster collaboration and the diffusion of excellence in care, research and education among health system partners.
BC AHSN will act as a key enabler of a scientific and learning approach to implementing continuous improvement and strategic transformation of BC’s health system. By creating collaborative partnerships and aligning priorities and resources, BC AHSN will create an environment where research and innovations can be translated, applied and evaluated for patient benefit, and where competent health professionals can be educated, recruited, and retained.
An important role for the BC AHSN is to serve as the home of the developing BC SUPPORT Unit, with the BC AHSN board providing governance and oversight to this SPOR initiative to support, streamline and increase patient-oriented research throughout BC.
Another priority for the network is to advance the initial mandate of the BC Clinical Infrastructure Network (BCCRIN) to cultivate and strengthen the clinical research environment within BC. Mechanisms for supporting this within BC AHSN will be developed with input from BCCRIN representatives and other stakeholders.