Giving Back to the Community

To bridge the digital divide across Alberta, the University of Alberta and University of Calgary collaborated to extend their licenses to Alberta’s hospitals, research, government, and post-secondary institutions.

Until the early nineties, health practitioners from Alberta’s two medical schools did not have access to health information resources after graduation. The cost of licensing and providing local IT infrastructure for health information resources before the arrival of the Web also impeded access for Alberta’s remaining post-secondary institutions.


With start-up funding from AHFMR (Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research), the Alberta College of Physicians and Surgeons, and the faculties of medicine of both universities, the Health Knowledge Network (HKN) was established.