FOCUS on Healthcare (FOCUS) is a dynamic online reporting tool that provides data about what patients experience in Alberta’s healthcare system.


FOCUS allows users to navigate data through user-friendly, interactive charts. Content on the site is specific to Alberta and includes patient experience data, health outcome data, and where possible, economic data (cost-effectiveness) across a variety of sectors of healthcare.

FOCUS can answer questions, like:

  • Why do patient experiences at emergency departments vary between sites?
  • Are there differences in wait times between hospitals of the same type (e.g., large urban) with patients of the same urgency?
  • Are patients going to the emergency department for minor conditions instead of their family doctor?
  • Are there geographic differences in screening rates for things like cervical cancer? For example, are there differences in screening rates in northern Alberta compared to Edmonton or Calgary?

FOCUS Resources

FOCUS on Healthcare website – Fact Sheet