Alberta Health—Primary Care Networks
The Primary Care Network (PCN) program is a key initiative funded by the Department of Health. The department launched the PCN program in 2005. PCNs comprise groups of family physicians working with other healthcare professionals such as nurses, nurse practitioners, dietitians, pharmacists, social workers, and mental health professionals. By April 2017, there were 42 PCNs operating across the province.
The objective of our follow-up audit was to determine whether the department and AHS have implemented our previous recommendations on the PCN program.
What we concluded
In our opinion, the department, AHS and PCNs, collectively have taken sufficient action for us to conclude that, as of June 30, 2017, the department had implemented our four recommendations to improve its systems to manage the PCN program, and AHS has implemented our recommendation to improve its systems to measure and report on the effectiveness of its partnerships in PCNs.