mHealth & eHealth Development and Innovation Centre (MEDIC)



The mHealth & eHealth Development and Innovation Centre (MEDIC) conducts digital health applied research, provides advanced skill development services, and leads the design, development, and testing of electronic medical records (EMR) systems, patient health records (PHR) systems, clinical assessment tools, and patient-facing mobile and web application development and device integration. MEDIC is nationally recognized as Canada’s Digital Health Technology Access Centre, dedicated to providing small and medium-sized enterprises with enhanced access to college expertise, technology, and equipment. 

Application Development

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Consulting and Strategy

MEDIC’s experienced senior staff can help you flesh out your ideas for a digital health application, helping you to understand the opportunities and the challenges, including both technical and those related to digital health legislation. We can develop architectural strategies for both new applications and existing products, and design a roadmap to help you achieve your objectives and prepare for funding applications and presentations to potential investors. 

Design and Development

MEDIC supports new technology development at every stage of the development process, from the design of the concept to the development of an implementable product. Each project team features a blend of full-time IT professionals and students on co-op terms, allowing us to provide you with an extremely affordable professional service for the development of digital health applications. We favour an Agile approach, working closely with you week-by-week, keeping you in touch every step of the way as the solution evolves along with your needs.

Research and Innovation Funding

MEDIC, as part of IDEAWORKS, the college's applied research division, have extensive experience in applying for assistance from funding agencies and can work with you to understand your options and prepare applications. MEDIC also has a degree of discretion over certain funds, such as funding from the Southern Ontario Pharmaceutical and Health Innovation Ecosystem (SOPHIE), allowing us to quickly respond to your financial needs. 

eHealth Product Integration

We can also help you integrate your existing digital health products with other digital health systems and devices. 

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Application Integrations

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MEDIC can assist with integrations to other health applications, including major HIS’s and EMR’s. MEDIC is also experienced in the design of integration gateways to allow applications to interface to multiple other systems with minimal extra development. The team is well versed in HL7 and FHIR protocols and maintains research and testing sandboxes for common industry servers. MEDIC can also assist with integrations to public health databases such as Ontario’s OLIS, OHIP, DHDR and DHIR, and test results from private laboratory databases that publish endpoints.

Device Integrations

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Medical devices and other IOT devices that can be deployed in a healthcare context are growing significantly in importance. MEDIC is experienced with real-time, secure integration with these devices, and also has access to deep electronic engineering expertise in other parts of IDEAWORKS for activities such as Raspberry Pi development and device cybersecurity management.

Research Labs

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MEDIC has extensive experience with leveraging its physical labs and digital environments to support digital health integration research and experimentation, such as the development of the Ontario Innovation Lab. We also host useability research labs, and work with accessibility experts from the Accessibility Research Lab to support the development of inclusive software.  Please note that tours of our research labs are currently not available. 

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m-Health Solutions

m-Health Solutions specializes in remote patient monitoring and cardiac diagnostics. m-Health solutions asked MEDIC to build an enterprise software system that would enhance patient access to information, prioritizing healthcare transparency about their cardiac diagnosis.

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Innovation Lab

Available between 2016-2020, The Innovation Lab, was a sandbox environment that allowed digital health developers to work through a significant part of their R&D development. eHealth Ontario (now Ontario Health) asked MEDIC to lead the creation of the simulated environment.

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Back2Play Concussion Monitoring App

CanChild asked MEDIC to design and develop the Back2Play Concussion Monitoring App. The app uses an iPhone and Apple Watch to monitor symptoms of adolescents who have sustained a concussion while playing sports. 

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My Stroke Team (MyST)

Researchers at McMaster University’s Aging, Community and Health Research Unit (ACHRU) asked MEDIC to create an app  that would allow patients and their caregivers to communicate, make decisions and arrange care in their own homes.

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Doug Ward, General Manager, MEDIC

As the General Manager of MEDIC, Doug connects industry partners with MEDIC’s digital health expertise and leads a team of applied research staff and students. Before joining MEDIC in 2021, Doug was a partner at Deloitte, as part of the firm’s Global Investment and Innovation Incentives practice. He has 20 years of experience claiming research & development incentives, predominantly for information technology development projects, and a further 18 years designing, developing and implementing information technology solutions. Doug has extensive experience in project and quality management and has authored several methodologies and training presentations in this field.

Doug holds a BSc. Civil Engineering from the University of Natal, a Diploma in Datametrics from the University of South Africa and is a graduate from the Management Development Program at the University of Durban-Westville.

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Thank you to our funding partners

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MEDIC is part of IDEAWORKS, Mohawk’s active hub of applied research and innovation. IDEAWORKS accelerates Canadian and global innovation by supporting industry access to expert researchers, specialized facilities and world-class technologies. 

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