Mohawk College mHealth & eHealth centre renewed as national Technology Access Centre in Digital Health
Federal grant of $1.75 million will support innovation, adoption and commercialization of digital technology in the healthcare sector
Mohawk College’s mHealth & eHealth Development and Innovation Centre (MEDIC) has received a renewal grant of $1.75 million for its nationally recognized Technology Access Centre in Digital Health.
Over the next five years, funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) will be used to support hundreds of applied research projects and partnerships with Canadian companies, driving innovation in digital health, virtual care, interoperability and software development.
“We are grateful to NSERC and its College and Community Innovation program for this funding,” said Alison Horton, Mohawk College Vice President, Academic, who announced the funding to digital healthcare specialists during the college’s annual Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resource (FHIR) North virtual conference. “This renewal allows the talented MEDIC team to continue providing the digital health sector with world-class applied research support. At the same time, it offers dozens of student researchers the opportunity to apply their keen, innovative perspectives to pressing digital challenges and to gain hands-on experience in the field.”
Established as an applied research innovation centre in 2009, MEDIC was first recognized by the federal government as a Technology Access Centre in 2016. Since then MEDIC has completed over 1,100 applied research projects, and training contracts, partnering with health IT start-ups, leading Canadian digital health companies and global NGOs.
“COVID-19 restrictions have created a significant need for digital health data interconnectivity, as well as increased demand for virtual care,” said Jeffrey McIsaac, Dean of Applied Research at Mohawk. “MEDIC’s expertise in interoperability, app development and health system design is in high demand. This funding will also allow MEDIC to integrate further expertise from across the college, including IoT, accessibility and medical technologies.”
MEDIC has provided work experience to more than 100 college students and continues to support the development of skills needed in the digital health community. MEDIC works in close partnership with Mohawk’s recently established four-year Bachelor of Digital Health Degree and Digital Health graduate certificate.
MEDIC is part of IDEAWORKS, Mohawk’s research and innovation division. Mohawk College was named as Canada’s fourth top research college in the 2020-2021 Research Infosource Ranking.
NSERC’s College and Community Innovation program funding is part of the federal government’s recent investment of $38 million to colleges, CEGEPs, and polytechnics.
- Mohawk College has two Technology Access Centres (TAC). mHealth & eHealth Development and Innovation Centre (MEDIC) and the Energy and Power Innovation Centre (EPIC), established to help address process inefficacies and energy waste in the manufacturing sector.
- Since 2016, MEDIC has completed 1,100 projects, services, and training contracts.
- Mohawk ranks among the top five colleges in Canada for applied research activity. Mohawk is recognized as a leader in applied research in digital health technology, additive manufacturing, and energy.
- MEDIC was awarded the Bronze in Applied Research from the World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics in 2018.
- Mohawk is a member of the Synapse Life Science Consortium, which includes St. Joseph’s Healthcare, Hamilton Health Sciences, McMaster University, the City of Hamilton, Innovation Factory, the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce, and the Bay Area Health Trust.