In 2004, the province of Saskatchewan created the Saskatchewan Health Information Resources Partnership (SHIRP), an online library of health information, for all health practitioners in that province. Fully funded by the provincial government, its purpose is to provide equitable access to a sufficient suite of health information resources that thereby allow healthcare practitioners to practise evidence-based medicine uniformly across the province. Two years later, based on a slightly different model, British Columbia implemented a similar program. During that time, the Calgary Health Region and the Alberta Cancer Board's Tom Baker Cancer Centre partnered with the University of Calgary to implement the Health Information Network (HIN), a network of information services to support evidence-based practice within their jurisdictions. Although the University of Alberta and Calgary, through the Health Knowledge Network (HKN), are the primary licensing agents for SHIRP and HIN and have been licensing electronic health information for the past 14 years on behalf of Alberta's health and academic sectors, uniform, province-wide health information licensing has not been successfully implemented in this province.
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