Macadamian is a leading healthcare software & application development company specializing in user experience design and end-to-end software product development. In each project, we bring a wealth of experience creating amazing software for health information systems, EHRs, patient engagement platforms and mHealth apps.
“He who has health, has hope. And he who has hope, has everything.”
— Thomas Carlyle
Healthcare Software & Application Development
At Macadamian, we spend a lot of time developing custom software applications for a wide variety of healthcare industry customers. That’s why we created the Macadamian HealthConnect™ platform. Using the HealthConnect platform as a basis for custom healthcare software applications lets us focus immediately on innovations to make your product unique. This means reduced costs and your product gets to market much faster than starting from scratch.
Mobile health and wellness applications and portals offer significant benefits to both patients and healthcare providers. The challenge is in designing applications that engage users to ensure long term use resulting in positive health behavioral changes.
Macadamian’s user experience research and design team uncovers the true needs of your users by gaining a deep understanding of:
- Patient and clinician workflows and processes
- Stakeholder interactions to produce engaging software.
Modernizing Legacy Applications
Healthcare systems tend to be large and complex due to growing volumes and variation of data (from high-resolution images to claims transactions) and the extensive network of users.
Macadamian helps clients extend product life cycles and improve performance through:
- User experience research and design
- Porting existing products to new platforms and technologies
- Developing fast prototypes
- Quality assurance through software testing and code reviews
Mobile Health Application Development
Developing mobile health applications that are easy to navigate and offer real value is critical to product success. Determining the best mobile platform and what is important to users are just a few of the questions Macadamian can help to answer.
Macadamian helps deliver consistent, seamless user experiences across all mobile platforms including:
- Windows Phone
Macadamian’s Healthcare Interoperability team can help get your application connected to the data that it needs, whether that’s a uni-directional or bi-directional connection to an EMR or PACS system, connecting with a FHIR API, or parsing the contents of DICOM files.
- Interoperability workshops to delve into what you need and identify the options that are available
- Integration with EMRs, HIEs, Hospitals and PACS
- Integrating medical devices with your application
- Expertise in a breadth of medical standards, including with HL7, FHIR, DICOM, CCD, ICD-9, ICD-10
Guide To Healthcare Software Development
Our guide to user-centered design and development encapsulates the three critical factors (user, technology, regulatory requirements) on the path to engaging Digital Health Software.
- Research dimensions & methodologies
- How to make use of your research data
- Addressing the needs of varying stakeholders
- Designing behaviour changing applications
- Choosing the right technology
- Choosing frameworks
- The development process
- Using Big and Small Data
- Balancing privacy with usability
- Meaningful Use and HIPAA considerations
Our HC Experts
Lorraine is Macadamian’s Senior Director of Healthcare and plays a pivotal role in harmonizing end user needs, client expectations, and current technology. She leads clients in identifying product opportunities, conducting research, and planning UX strategy and growth. Her ability to grasp the subtle dynamics of business context and product requirements enables her to help define UX design strategy in support of fundamental business direction. She does this for medical information tool providers, EMR, as well as companies outside health care. Lorraine is recognized as an expert in UX research and Chair of the HIMSS Health IT User Experience Committee. Her expertise delivering human-centric solutions to health care providers makes her a sought after speaker and presenter to overflow audiences. As accomplished as she is, Lorraine is also a bit scary to some of us. She regularly gets up at 5:30 am, does a workout that most of us would associate with Navy Seals or Spartan warriors, and runs half-marathons when she doesn't find this tiring enough. No wonder Lorraine has earned the nickname "Xena, Warrior Princess" at Macadamian. When she not living her Linda Hamilton/Terminator workout lifestyle she loves spending time with her daughters and taking them to places ranging from Pembroke to Tuscany.
Geoff is Macadamian’s Director of Healthcare Software Development specializing in healthcare software and is responsible for technical leadership, technology partnerships, and sales engineering. Geoff thrives on working with clients to identify and deliver the right solution for their individual needs. His career as a software professional has focused on delivering highly complex mobile and server side technology solutions. Geoff is happiest when pushing the technology envelope by doing things that haven't been done before. He has a Bachelor of Information Technology with Honours from the University of Queensland, Australia. When he’s not coding, you can find Geoff on the backpacking trails.
As a User Experience Researcher, Anneliis is fully engaged in all aspects of the usability of new and existing software applications. Always applying a user-centered design process, she conducts usability analyses of applications for both desktop and mobile platforms. Over the past seven years, Anneliis has helped translate insights from user research into prioritized and actionable research and design recommendations. Anneliis earned her master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from Carleton University. [The focus of her research engaged clinicians in the design of a remote medical monitoring decision support system.] When Anneliis is not trying to make the world a more user-friendly place, you can find her out cycling around the city or hanging out at the barn riding horses.
Tracy Somes RN
Tracy Somes, a registered nurse, brings 20 years of experience across many nursing environments. Her background includes nursing in hospitals, long-term care facilities, and providing home care/community health services across large rural regions. In addition to this hands-on nursing experience, Tracy has been an educator of personal support workers and is heavily involved in community youth outreach programs. She also brings a solid business perspective from her own entrepreneurial endeavors.
Salima Shamji, MD,CCFP, FCFP
A Family Physician with specialty training in Geriatrics, Dr. Shamji has held such leadership roles as Medical Director of the Geriatric Day Hospital and Deputy Chief of the Department of Care of the Elderly at the Élisabeth Bruyère Hospital and Continuing Care Center. In addition, she is an assistant professor at the University of Ottawa’s Department of Family Medicine. Dr Shamji has contributed to articles appearing in the Canadian Family Physician and Canadian Pharmacists Journal, and has participated in two television series on aging and caregivers. She believes the use of technology in medicine will lead to better patient care and follow-up. Dr Shamji has a medical degree from McMaster University and completed a Family Medicine Residency at University of Ottawa.
Nancy Staggers, PhD, RN, FAAN
Nancy Staggers has extensive experience in implementing Electronic Health Records and clinical product usability, having worked in Health Information Technology for 25 years. She held several executive information technology positions including the US Department of Defense, and the University of Utah. In these positions she led large system Electronic Health Record installations and evaluations. As fulltime, virtual faculty member at the University of Maryland, she is currently engaged in research focusing on improving the user experience for clinical products, especially for complex workflows such as clinical handoffs. She is a retired Army Colonel who publishes and presents widely on user experience and Health IT topics. She is the recent recipient of a 2013 AMIA signature award for her work in clinical informatics.
Dr. Kevin Hughes
A Surgical Oncologist, specializing in breast cancer, Dr. Hughes is also an Associate Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School, a member of the Department of Surgical Oncology at Massachusetts General Hospital, Co-Director of the Avon Comprehensive Breast Evaluation Center, and Surgical Director of the Breast and Ovarian Cancer Genetics and Risk Assessment Program. He is actively involved in breast cancer research and was Principal Investigator of a national study evaluating the efficacy of post-lumpectomy radiation therapy in older adults with stage I breast cancer who were receiving tamoxifen (NEJM 2004). Dr. Hughes has managed the development of HughesRiskApps, an information system which is used to identify patients with high risk for breast and other cancers in a clinical setting.
Dr. Jeff Belden, MD
A family physician and professor at the University of Missouri, Dr. Belden is the Founding Chair of the HIMSS EMR Usability Task Force. His current areas of focus include user training, implementations, human-computer interaction, and EHR innovation projects at the Tiger Institute, a technology collaborative between the University of Missouri and Cerner Corporation. Dr. Belden has a special interest in improving EHR usability, and the visual display of information. His past experiences in photography, film-making, layout and design, typography, and consulting in healthcare software design inform his approach to user-centered design.