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5 Best Practices for Designing in Medical Device Cybersecurity Controls

Connected medical devices are integrating a number of disparate technologies and cloud services which can expose security flaws through their integration. Find out what the key steps are in designing in cybersecurity controls. Read more

How UX Informs Medical Device Design: Making the Visible, Invisible

Learn how UX Design tools like ecosystem mapping, personas, and journey mapping can inform medical device design and development to ensure market success. Read more

How UX Research Informs and Improves Data Science

User Experience is a tool that can be used to help frame the context in which data science and analytics are used to deliver key insights. Read more

Developing a Business Case for UX in Healthcare Product Development

User Experience is a key element in ensuring product market success. Yet many product managers forgo UX in order to shave costs. This post looks at how to make the business case to quickly demonstrate the value of investing in UX. Read more

Creating Ecosystem Maps to Prioritize Product Investment

When developing a new product it can be difficult to prioritize which features should be included in the initial release. Ecosystem mapping is a useful tool that can be used to visualize your product and the systems, processes, and data flows that surround it. Learn how to leverage this tool to ask deeper questions about what needs to be prioritized before investing in development. Read more

How Voice Interfaces Will Impact Healthcare

Voice interfaces are not new in healthcare. What is new is the arrival of digital assistants powered by natural language processing, ambient computing, and machine learning. Learn how voice assistants will be used by physicians, nurses, technicians, and patients to change how healthcare is provided. Read more

4 Benefits of Using a Microservices Architecture in Digital and Connected Health Solutions

Dive into what microservices is and discover the benefits of implementing a microservices architecture when it comes to accelerating your digital and connected health solution's time to market. Read more

7 Ways Learning Python Will Improve Your Software Testing

Looking to improve your software testing and make it more efficient? Learn from one of Macadamian's senior QA engineers how brushing up on your coding skills can make you a better tester. Read more

Why Provider IT Systems Aren’t Ready to Capitalize on Patient Data

Explore the challenges healthcare providers are facing when it comes to collecting, analyzing, and integrating patient data in order to obtain meaningful insights and improve patient outcomes. Read more

Beyond the Screen: Creating Context-Aware Alerts

When designing push notifications and alerts, it's vital to consider technology's context of use and the user's environment as whole to ensure alerts are delivered effectively. Let's look at two examples to visualize this. Read more

How to Protect Patient Privacy and Information While Conducting Ethnographic Research

We provide you with guidelines to protect patient privacy and health information while conducting user research in clinical settings, including precautions to take in order to comply with HIPAA regulations. Read more

ForwardJS Ottawa 2018: Everything Old is New Again

Senior Software Engineer, Mark Walker, recently attended the ForwardJS conference in Ottawa – an event bringing together many experts from all corners of the JavaScript ecosystem. Mark provides takeaways from the conference and explains a case of déjà vu. Read more

Healthcare Technology Trends 2018: Macadamian’s Experts Weigh In

We asked our experts in healthcare solutions about how we can expect technology to transform healthcare in 2018 and what businesses in the healthcare industry should pay attention to. Read more

Embracing Blue Sky Design Ideas in Your UX Projects

We explain how incorporating "blue sky" design ideas into your user experience projects can help you uncover the "wow" factor in your solution and help you improve your design to meet your end user's needs. Read more

How to Implement Voice Design in Multi-Channel Survey Delivery

In a recent client project, our team developed an Alexa skill to gather user survey information over the period of a clinical trial. We walk you through the elements of voice design we needed to consider in order to create the best possible conversational survey experience. Read more

Why You Should Invest in UX for Your Enterprise Solution

If you're on the fence about investing in UX for your enterprise solution, our VP of User Experience Design, Scott Plewes, walks you through what exactly UX is, what it isn't, and how investing in UX can positively impact your business. Read more

Combining AI and Blockchain to Push Frontiers in Healthcare

AI and blockchain are two technology trends that have each individually demonstrated their potential to impact the healthcare industry, but what about their impact when used in combination? In his second piece on the use of blockchain in healthcare, Senior Developer at Macadamian, David Campbell, illustrates how these technologies could possibly be used together to benefit population health and change our daily lives. Read more

Field Kits: Capturing Data During Ethnographic Research Part Two

A field kit can be a powerful tool in UX research. Learn how you can modify your field kit for different ethnographic research environments to ensure you're collecting the best quality data in the most efficient way. Read more

Using the Design Thinking Process to Better the Community

Learn how Macadamian leveraged the Design Thinking process and our own expertise in design to solve challenges related to early childhood development and ending poverty in Edmonton at BarnRaise Edmonton 2017. Read more

Find Us at These 2018 Healthcare Technology Events

Technology is changing the quality, delivery, and the very definition of healthcare. Attending the right events not only allows you to gain insight on industry trends and advancements, but also stimulates future-forward thinking. Find out how we're involved in these upcoming 2018 healthcare technology events and let's connect. Read more

The Best Way to Recruit Users for User Research

“I want to do some user research, but I can’t get a hold of my users.” This is a challenge we often hear expressed by our clients who are interested in doing user research. Let's explore why events are a perfect opportunity to recruit users and provide some success stories of our own using this tactic. Read more

Exploring Blockchain Technology in Healthcare

Medical data interoperation between all healthcare institutions and patient portals is a future that we can all look forward to. As the Blockchain technology matures, its potential to bring this ideal to life and revolutionize all aspects of healthcare will become more and more evident. Read more

Creating a Holistic Strategy for Software Quality Testing

Use of a proper testing strategy can save you a ton of money in the long run and at the end of the day, give you a competitive advantage in the marketplace. To illustrate how to develop an effective testing strategy, we consider quality in a modern large-scale web app. Read more

Conducting UX Research to Obtain Meaningful Data

Involving the right research participants is critical to successful user research. Here are some things to keep in mind when selecting test participants for healthcare-focused UX research. Read more

The Importance of Mapping Ecosystems and Understanding the Scale of Design

Working with clients in complex domains, such as healthcare, has made it clear the importance of understanding the “system” into which we are designing. As designers, ecosystem mapping is one of our most valuable tools to help us visualize and understand systems. Read more

How to Design Voice Applications in a Multi-Channel and Multi-Modal World

In a webinar hosted by Orbita and Macadamian, the benefits that voice assistants like Amazon Echo and Google Home present to an end user, like you and I, were discussed. The presentation focused on what sets apart voice assistants from other existing input modalities, and some of the design challenges that come with them. Read more

FDA Fosters Digital Health Innovation With New Software Precertification Pilot Program

This past July, the FDA announced their Software Precertification Pilot Program aimed at digital health solution creators in order to increase product speed to market. Our Director of IoT discusses the implications of this new program. Read more

Field Kits: Capturing Data During Ethnographic Research

Carefully prepping for ethnographic research can go a long way in getting more focused data and can ease analysis. Understanding the goal of the research, and coming up with a structured way to take notes during observations, can give you more valuable information and data that’s easier to sort through. Read more

My Diabetes Coach – A Holistic Care Management Solution

The My Diabetes Coach solution is designed to improve and strengthen the teamwork between parent and child in diabetes management. Establishing and encouraging good practices and patient compliance at an early stage will provide significant benefits to the patients over the years by mitigating the complications that can result from non-compliance. Read more

Automating Alexa Skill Dialog Testing

Alexa Skill testing can be a long and laborious task, having to run through possibly hundreds of dialogs manually. In this post, we will walk you through a concept for testing Alexa skill dialogs without speaking to Alexa and completing tests in a matter of seconds. Read more

Automating iOS Certificate and Profile Syncing with Fastlane

Fastlane is a tool for streamlining tedious tasks like code signing. We will discuss how you can use it to work with teams and release your application while developing iOS applications. Read more

Brainstorming as a Risk Identification Technique for Scrum

Using brainstorming as a risk identification technique provides a free and open approach that encourages everyone on a project team to participate. It can result in a greater sense of project risk ownership, and a team commitment to managing risk for the duration of the project. Read more

Two Ways to Get More Women in Tech

This is about what individuals can do to make a difference. I've been inspired by the work being done to narrow – and ideally one day, to close – the gender gap in the technology industry. But I hope anecdotes alone don't convince you, let’s look at the research. Read more

Getting Things Done with Google

I had always admired how organized and efficient my boss was, and so I asked him his secret. He told me about how he used Getting Things Done (GTD) to structure his work and I was inspired to follow his lead. Read more

Using Computer Vision to See Cyber Threats

We as humans can very quickly visually identify threats in complex environments, but what if we could train the computer to ‘see’ the markers of cyber attacks in real-time? Read more

Learn Angular 4: A Review of ng-book 2

Having a one-stop shop for everything Angular may not entirely replace piecing together tidbits from individual web tutorials and StackOverflow answers, but ng-book 2 will certainly be a very robust addition. Read more

JavaScript Promises Explained

In this JavaScript Promises tutorial, Macadamian Technologies developer Xavier LaRue gives an overview of Promises and walks through a variety of examples. Read more

Harnessing Connected Med Device Data for Improved Patient Outcomes

Lorraine Chapman, Sr. Director of Healthcare at Macadamian sat down with Ivan Delevic, President and CEO of OrthoSensor to discuss connected medical devices and how OrthoSensor is using data analytics to improve patient outcomes in Orthopedics. Read more

HTML for Screen Reader Accessibility: 3 Mistakes to Avoid

It takes a lot of time and work to satisfy the WCAG criteria but In one of our latest healthcare projects, there was a focus on adherence and on screen reader accessibility. Here are 3 mistakes to avoid. Read more

Docker Build Squash vs ONBUILD

While trying to optimize our build system, here is why we chose to use --squash rather than ONBUILD to clean up our Dockerfile. Read more

Developing Alexa Skills Locally with ngrok and Node.JS

How you can start developing Alexa skills locally using ngrok and your NodeJS server. Read more

Meaningful Use Stage 3 Safety-Enhanced Design Updates

Overall, the requirements for MU3 certification and participation in the program are significant. EHR vendors will be challenged to deliver certified products according to the proposed timelines and navigate confusing requirements for safety-enhanced design. Read more

Unit Test Alexa Skills Locally

Is it even possible to test an Alexa skill? That's the question our lab team was asking. We outline a solution to test Alexa skills locally. Read more

Using Rancher to Manage Docker-Machines on Azure

As we hunted around for a solution, we found Rancher fit our needs as we could manage and provision docker-machines from Azure virtual machines. Getting it properly set up, however, was not an easy task. Not because of the product itself but because of all the dependencies around it. Read more

Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Patient-Centered Care

I'm hugely optimistic that we are about to see a positive transformation in healthcare. The problem is big, painful, and it’s triggering new thinking. Because of this, healthcare is set to reinvent itself. After all, necessity is the mother of invention. Read more

Creating a Private Docker Registry

In order to use Rancher, we wanted to host our own Docker registry. Rancher provides a tutorial to do just that, however, we had a couple extra requirements that we go over here, to help you control the services that will route the registry. Read more

Cognitive Healthcare – The Evolution of Connected Health

One of the great barriers to achieving Connected Health has been providing a natural, intuitive interface that seamlessly gathers relevant health data from consumers. Read more

Let’s Encrypt and HAProxy with Docker

Let’s Encrypt is a service that allows one to obtain SSL certificates signed by a trusted CA for free. Those have are valid for at most 90 days and then, those need to be renewed. Read more

Interaction Design and the Physical Environment

Can there be value in embedding sensors into objects and our environment? Absolutely. But, all too often there is an automatic assumption, that with that connected sensor, there’s an app for it. That assumption is a missed opportunity for a more holistic approach to designing the experience, one that looks beyond designing screens for everything. Read more

Docker-Machine: Basic Examples

When using a containerized application, it’s important to be able to easily deploy them in the cloud. Docker-Machine is a tool that lets you install Docker Engine on Virtual Hosts. We’ll outline how we deploy containers and how to transfer files to/from the machine. Read more

Analytics for your Alexa Skills

Without solid analytics, it will be almost impossible to understand what is and isn’t working with Alexa Skills. We went on the hunt this summer for an analytics solution that could help us better understand how users were interacting with our new skill and where they were having issues. Read more

The Future of Medication Compliance – Voice Interaction Meets Predictive Analytics

Medication non-compliance is an expensive burden on the US healthcare system, costing between $100B and $300B a year. The emergence of conversational UX platforms like Alexa can be leveraged along with the use of predictive analytics to increase compliance and cut readmission rates. Read more

Alexa Skills 101: Before the First Line of Code

With the explosion of Amazon Alexa enabled devices entering consumers homes, developers are flocking to the platform. This getting started guide will focus on Alexa Skills 101, and things you need to know before digging in to write the first line of code. Read more

Navigating IoT: Lessons Learned from the Microsoft Taipei IoT Expo

For most companies, success means rethinking many aspects of their business and embracing a degree of complexity that can seem daunting at first but can be successfully managed with the right development partner. Read more

Internet of Things Security and Privacy – Part 1

As the Internet of Things (IoT) evolves, our dependency on it will grow exponentially. With complexity comes hidden vulnerabilities; the “unknown unknowns”. We cannot fully predict where security weakness lies because no single group has full access to all the code and hardware. Read more

Meet LifePod, Your Amazon Alexa Powered Virtual Caregiver

The Alexa Voice Service and other voice assistants are becoming commonplace as a way of interacting with our favorite products and services. One client came to us to help bring their idea of a connected virtual caregiver to life. Read more

Hacking Smart Lock Security: The Kwikset Kevo Smart Lock

The Internet of Things has given birth to a boom of connected smart home devices. With these devices, connected via Wi-Fi & Bluetooth, hooked into important functions of the home, the security of these devices have increasingly become a topic of discussion. In this guest post from our friends at NewSky Security, we take a look at the security of one such device, the Kwikset Kevo Smart Lock. Read more

Coterminous: Blurring Javascript Boundaries

A lot of effort goes into creating the pipes and tubes that connect the internet, but those same pipes and tubes create limitations that affect our designs and implementations. Coterminous aims to reduce the impact of the mechanics of the web Read more

Three Ways to Make Alexa Interactions More Natural

As the language model of Alexa expands, the interactions will be more and more natural. With these and other capabilities, richer experiences will be possible, which will bring us closer to seamless ambient computing. Read more

Tips for Choosing Alexa Skill Names

After the first couple certification attempts, selecting a name for an Alexa Skill seemed as hard as finding a nice and affordable .com domain name. For a Store with, at the time, less than 500 Skills, that was surprising. Read more

Four NLUI Design Ideas that Make a Big Difference

It seems obvious that interacting with a product, app, or skill via speech is very different from interacting with a screen, yet many early offerings use the same design metaphor as traditional graphical user interface (GUI) products. Read more

Creating a Connected Conference Room

Despite Shiny iPad systems at the door of conference rooms, many people fail to check in, cancel rooms they no longer need, or borrow vacant rooms without booking. To solve these challenges, we have teamed up with to automate these issues in a connected meeting room. Read more

Going From IoT Prototype To Commercial Product

Managing the transition from something that works on a lab bench to a viable IoT product can be tricky, but understanding the technical gaps between conventional and IoT capabilities can illuminate the way. Read more

Macadamian Recognized as Top User Experience Agency by Clutch

Ratings and reviews firm, Clutch, named Macadamian a leading user experience agency in their latest research. Clutch’s methodology takes into account market presence, previous experience, focus on user experience services, and most heavily, client satisfaction. Read more

Amazon’s Alexa Voice Service in Healthcare

The Amazon Echo and Alexa voice service have been a hit in the consumer market with skills that help you order a pizza or call an Uber. Now with the introduction of the "KidsMD" skill, the Alexa voice service is making its way into the healthcare market. Having focused on healthcare IT and stressing the possibilities of voice interaction for years, it’s great to see Alexa for healthcare finally in action. Read more

Integrated Solution Providers: The Team Approach to Healthy IoT Projects

Firms with one specialization will sometimes subcontract skills they don’t have in-house, but that’s a different thing from a truly collaborative partnership among professionals with the autonomy to make the best decisions based on their expertise and suggest new approaches to their partners in the interest of the best outcome. Read more

Five Criteria for Selecting a Healthcare IoT Solutions Provider

Success with IoT can be tricky. It is a constellation of complex technologies from which you need to pick, choose and customize to craft a product that can succeed. Many companies fail in their IoT initiatives because they underestimate the challenges of navigating this complexity and don’t engage a partner that can provide guidance throughout the project. Read more

How the Internet of Things Changes Business Models

If you’re considering creating a connected product or service, the Internet of Things will have a profound impact on how your business creates and captures value. Read more

Project Management in the Healthcare Industry: A Risk Based Approach

One innovative approach to governance and project management is to tailor the type and level of management to the risk assessed for each project, avoiding the costs of treating all projects as though they carried a high level of risk. Read more

Four Enhancements We Want for the Amazon Echo

Our annual MacHack happened a few weekends ago and as always the teams at Macadamian put in 24 straight hours of hard work to bring some amazing ideas to life. This year many of the teams focused their efforts on creating IoT solutions, many of them using the Alexa voice service of the Amazon Echo, highlighting how interactions with Alexa could be made more natural. Read more

Conducting Comparative Usability Tests

Additional variables must be controlled for in comparative testing that generally make it more challenging than traditional usability testing. These variables span planning, execution, and test analysis. Read more

Design for Medical Devices Conference Recap 2016

The conference left me with three days of inspiration and a lot of food for thought. It was good to hear academic and industry leaders confirm what I live and breath every day at Macadamian - that attention to user and patient details are good ethics as well as good business. Read more

Applying User Experience Principles to Alexa Skills

Crafting a voice controlled interface for our text message skill posed some interesting design hurdles. To have a truly successful skill, expect to commit some time to the wordsmithing that likely kept William Shakespeare up at night. Read more

The Importance of Context in a Sea of Data

With more physical things being connected to the internet, the amount of data collected by these devices continues to grow. When designing an experience for an IoT device, considering context becomes increasingly important to avoid agitating users. Read more

Sending Error Logs using Docker, Vagrant and SumoLogic

The main goal was to stay as close to the production environment as possible to avoid “It works on my dev machine!” when it just crashes in production. Read more

The Power of Voice Interaction in Connected Products

The longer the fridge door is open, the more the animal speaks. I can only assume that my penguin is encouraging me to shut the fridge door, but since I don’t speak Japanese, this is only a guess on my part. Read more

Creating a New Alexa Skill

Over the last several weeks, we went through the entire process of designing and developing a new Alexa Skill for Amazon’s Echo and then submitting it for approval by Amazon. The skill in question? One we would likely use many times a day: sending text messages. Read more

Getting a Design Review Back on Track

Although you will likely encounter these disruptions caused by tangents, by following these techniques, you can get your review back on track, achieve your objectives, and keep your UX design review chugging along to the next stop. Read more

Achieving Interoperability in your Healthcare Organization

The challenge with integrating healthcare organizations is that they are just that – separate organizations. Each organization provides a healthcare service, but they provide that service using their own process. Read more

5 UX Research Blockades and How to Break Through

During the course of conducting your UX research, you will likely encounter one or more of these obstacles. Knowing that obstacles might provide additional insights and combined with keeping your eyes on the light at the end of the tunnel, you will make it through to the other side. Read more

Off On a Tangent: Getting Your Workshop Back On Track

When you are happily chugging along and someone throws a wrench in your workshop agenda, what do you do? Do you stop them or let them ride it out? Read more

How To Course Correct When You’re Solving The Wrong UX Problem

You're throwing ‘plan A’ out the window…now what? You're 7.5 hours into an 8-hour workshop when you realize the problem you were brought in to solve isn't the real problem. Read more

Software Developers as UX Designers

There is some kind of implicit expectation that design and development will somehow magically work out if a “good” developer is on the project. The fact remains that if you want an application designed well, you need to allow time for that design effort. Read more

Design Thinking: A UX Framework for Healthcare Apps

UX design has a direct correlation to user adoption, time to complete a task, reduction in errors (thereby decreasing the risk to patient safety), a decrease in support calls, and an overall increase in user satisfaction. Read more

Developing Population Health Management Software

Population Health Management software enables care teams to share PHI and to gain insight and manage health proactively. It is THE next critical step in Healthcare IT advances, and there’s no clear market leader yet. Read more

Grow Your Security as you Develop Your Minimum Viable Product (MVP)

To paraphrase an old security saying, the best time to start implementing security was yesterday, and the next best time is today. So, where do you start? Read more

IoT, My Home, and the Connected Egg Tray

Over the next few years, almost everything will be connected to the Internet. We will have smart toothbrushes, a garbage can that generates grocery lists, or even a smart chair that alerts you when you have bad posture. Read more

Managers Who Use LSD Get Innovative Results

From Sigmund Freud to Jimi Hendrix to Stephen King, some of the greatest minds have resorted to extreme measures to unleash their creativity and push the limits of innovation. Read more

Hands-on The Internet of Things at IoT613

IoT613 is a two-day conference in Ottawa dedicated to the Internet of Things (IoT) and provides a unique collaboration between the user experience (UX) and design communities. This was IoT613’s inaugural conference in response to the growing IoT trend in the Ottawa/Gatineau region as in most of the world at large. Read more

IoT: Life In A Connected World

Everything discussed is based on technology that is already available today and that is just not yet accessible for everyone. As the technology enabling the connected world moves forward with increasing speed, so too will its adoption. Get ready! Read more

Considering UX in the Whole Ecosystem – Lessons In UX Maturity: Part 4

From a product perspective, not only are the results indicative of the design maturity, but the types of opportunities for improvement are also strong indicators of where an organization is. Read more

Bringing UX to a Legacy Product Revitalization – Lessons In UX Maturity: Part 3

In particular, the leadership and culture recognized their inexperience in UX practices and were willing to be led in an effective way to bring in UX expertise. Read more

Consequences of an Underutilized UX Team – Lessons in UX Maturity: Part 2

How well the leaders and company as a whole appreciate the value and necessity of UX design from a business perspective is fundamental for the success of UX at a company. Read more

6 Indicators of an Organizations UX Maturity Level – Lessons In UX Maturity: Part 1

Like any function or practice, not all organizations have adopted or embraced UX design to the same degree or at comparable levels of maturity. Read more

The Internet of Things: Cordova Plugin for Electric Imp’s BlinkUp

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a new and exciting trend where everyday objects are being connected to the internet. Read more

Windows 10: Are You Ready?

Microsoft is changing the game with Windows 10 and making it much more compelling for product developers to integrate naturally with Windows. Here are four things to keep on your radar. Read more

Issuing A Software Development RFP

Think Twice Before Issuing a Software Development RFP – If you Want a Great User Experience Read more

What’s the State of User Experience (UX) in the Enterprise?

The days of sitting down and learning how to use a product are over, especially if those enterprise buyers are to remain competitive in their respective markets. Read more

Microsoft and the New Way: Reflections from Microsoft Build 2015

Microsoft is breaking away from the past, confronting the hard reality and making the difficult decisions. This is not a complacent Microsoft that was showing its’ stuff today, it’s about to get very interesting…again! Read more

A Guide to Working with HL7: Considerations and Recommendations

In developing healthcare software, there is a high chance that you will run into an integration challenge sooner or later and will need to understand HL7 messages. Read more

It’s a Wrap: Mobile World Congress

Companies that will be successful are those that are able to improve products faster because they understand, through data collection, what their customers are doing with the product. Read more

Building your own IoT product: Design. It’s not just a 2D screen.

Let’s call this holistic approach: designing for the context of daily use. Read more

Trendy: From Napkin Sketch to Fandom Ready

From a simple “what if,” Trendy evolved from a Twitter analytics prototype into a fully-designed, functioning consumer app available on the Windows Store. Read more

Building your own IoT Product: Bad radio! (Wi-Fi, Wireless / LTE, BLE, NFC) – Oh, my!

Picking the right radio solution can make or break your product (or seriously cripple customer adoption). You have to build or select components that make sense for your context of use and build solutions around the trade-offs of each radio option. Read more

Building your own IoT Product: Is your IT team ready?

Follow these three steps, and you've begun your IoT journey. Never forget that technology is just a portion of the overall experience that a customer and/or user will have with the IoT device you are creating. Read more

CES 2015 Digital Health Summit

With more than 160,000 attendees, the equivalent of 28 football fields of exhibitor space, and an impressive contingent of healthcare experts, the experience was an exciting informational overload. Read more

Hacking for Health

Participating teams were tasked with developing solutions that demonstrated the use of sensors, data collection, and the interconnectedness of hardware and software. Read more

Why Wearables Won’t Make You Fit

What do wearables, e-learning solutions, and financial planning sites all have in common? Read more

It’s 9:00 am. Do you know where your corporate assets are?

Revolutionizing the world of asset tracking. Read more

World Usability Day 2014: Engage Now!

What are you doing to engage users in the right way – to foster a deeper connection with your application? Read more

The Product Innovation Challenge

Product management teams are constantly looking for new ways to innovate ahead of the competition - from new features to stunning design and implementing modern technology. But does modernizing a legacy solution result in innovation and growth? Read more

Software Revitalization

Macadamian shares insights on software revitalization. Read more

What do the Pepsi Challenge and UI Design have in common?

Looking to develop a UI Design that's modern, creative, wow? Think again. More than ever, a product’s user experience defines market success. The only problem is - users usually don't care about that stuff. Read more

Healthcare Analytics Summit 2014 News

Macadamian's Healthcare Interaction Designer, Francis Beaudet, recently attended the Healthcare Analytics Summit in Salt Lake City. Here are some key takeaways from the conference. Read more

The Art of the Possible: Inspiring Innovation via the Maker Movement

In the spirit of the Maker Movement, Macadamian partnered with local hardware design firm, Design 1st. Read more

How to Select the Best UX Design Firm – and Avoid the Wrong Ones

Here are five ways to get around the traditional process and find the best UX Design firm that will bring your products user experience to new heights. Read more

Three Mobile Projects to Inspire

Check out these three video case studies of some of our latest projects.  We are very proud to have brought value to these customers – and we had a lot of fun, too… Read more

Inspired EHRs: Designing for Clinicians

Macadamian Healthcare Advisory Panel Member, Jeff Belden, releases "Inspired EHRs: Designing for Clinicians" e-book Read more

The Affordable Care Act: How to Effectively Share Patient Data

The basic principle behind the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is to enable all health-care providers to act in concert as an effective care team. Read more

Beyond the Screen: An introspective look at the future of product design

A series on the future of design and rebooting the user experience. Read more

Reactive Experiences Meet the Enterprise

The Internet of Things, Connected Sensors, and the Enterprise Read more

Understanding Patient Engagement

Guest blogger, Elizabeth Bacon, shares her thoughts on Understanding Patient Engagement. Read more

CEO Insights: The impact of a connected world

Lessons learned from Mobile World Congress & SXSW 2014 Read more

Cinematic Experience On-the-Go with Nutty Player

Macadamian has made video experience simpler than ever with Nutty Player! Read more

Introduction To Customer Experience Maps

Experience or customer journey maps have really become popular over the past couple of years. Why? Read more

Macadamian’s Secret Sauce

What makes Macadamian a great place to work? Read more

Designing for Big Data

From Terabytes to Insights Read more

Modernizing Enterprise Applications

Why Are Enterprise Apps So Hard to Use? Read more

Mobile Application Design: Field Service Apps [Podcast]

Field service apps can bring better service, higher margins and potentially more revenue. Read more

Mobile Application Design: NuVo Technologies [Video]

Here's a video of one of our recent projects. Read more

Mobile Application Design: Turn Mobile Ads into High-Value Experiences

In the third installment of our four-part series, you’ll learn how to create an effective mobile advertising business model that doesn’t upset your users and generates more revenue. Read more

Fred’s Insights in Mobile Enterprise – “The Device Does Not Matter”

Fred has a piece published in Mobile Enterprise on what software development has to be in today's economy. Read more

Eight Things You Need To Know About Windows 8.1

Here's what I learned from attending Worldwide Partner Conference in Houston this year Read more

[Four-Part Series] How Awesome UX Boosts Revenue in 4 Mobile Business Models: Data

In the second installment, we share UX tips that will help you collect the right amount of the most valuable data to generate more revenue for your organization. Read more

Macadamian a Top Place to Work for Young People

We’re proud to be recognized as a Top Employer for Young People for a second straight year. Learn more about our work culture and why we love working at Macadamian! Read more

Freemium App Business Model: UX Best Practices

What do doughnuts have to do with increasing mobile app income? Find out now by learning about the user experience best practices that boost revenue in today’s most popular mobile business model: Freemium. Read more

Macadamian at the 2013 Accountable Care and HIT Strategies Summit

I’m excited to hear what other companies and individuals are doing to help align all components of health and not just the hospital-care to home-care model. Read more

Mobile Healthcare Technology: 9 Questions to Ask Before Going HTML5

Mobile devices are ascending in prominence and gaining more users by the day, and developers are under even more pressure to pick the right hardware platform, software architecture, and development framework... Read more

[Quote] Something No Physician Has Ever Said

"...I'm really excited about all the configuration options in my dictation software..." Read more

[Podcast Series] The UX Power Tools Behind Compelling Software: Part 4

Speed time to market, Get stakeholder buy-in for the big picture, Scope and stand out in new markets. Read more

Microsoft Builds Business Around High Value Experiences

User Experience Fuels Microsoft Business Strategy, Creates New Opportunities for Software Vendors Read more

MacGym: App Works Out Body and Mind

Macadamian Software developers have created a new app called MacGym to make it easier for Macadamian employees to add a little exercise into their workday. Read more

[Podcast Series] The UX Power Tools Behind Compelling Software: Part 3

You don’t understand me! Imagine people shouting these words as they uninstall a poorly designed software application that you created. Read more

Azure, Windows 8.1 Buzzworthy at Microsoft’s 2013 Worldwide Partner Conference

I'm here at Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference 2013 in Houston to see what's in store for the coming fiscal year. Read more

WebRTC Ottawa Meet-Ups

Are you as interested in WebRTC as we are? Read more

How Interruption Storyboards Improve Electronic Health Records

This is the second installment in our audio podcast mini series titled, EHRs: Secrets of Successful Usability. Read more

[Podcast Series] The UX Power Tools Behind Compelling Software: Experience Maps

[Podcast Series] The UX Power Tools Behind Compelling Software: Part 2 Read more

How to Market Apps in App Stores

How do you make things stand out? Read more

[PHOTO] WebRTC: Transforming Enterprise Communication

We're using WebRTC. Read more

Task-Based Personas: UX Power Tools Part 1

Macadamian UXers explain how task-based personas help software teams create incredible user experiences in part one of this series on UX power tools. Read more

[CEO Insight] WebRTC: Why You Should Care

For the past several months the Macadamian team has been busy travelling around the world to stay on top of all the coolest new technologies. Here's how we're following WebRTC. Read more

Name that App

Can you still identify the apps? Read more

[VIDEO] Electronic Healthcare Records – Vitera Intergy Solution

Vitera Intergy is an iPad based electronic health record application that enables physicians to spend more time on patient care and less on paperwork. Read more

MacHack: 24 Hours, 8 Apps, 1 Intense Competition

We created some amazing applications after 24 hours of nonstop coding. Read more

Macadamian’s Second Annual MacHack

No boring training days here... Read more

Electronic Health Records: Secrets of Successful Usability

How Great EHR User Experience Benefits Patients & Physicians Read more

EHR Usability for Meaningful Use

Electronic Health Records have to comply with Meaningful Use Stage2 usability. What's involved? How much work? Read more

[VIDEO] Macadamian’s Work Culture and Values

Macadamian Values; Be intentional, learning, passion, celebrate, trust, and be nutty. Read more

WebRTC: Top 5 Unified Communications Systems Integration Challenges

WebRTC is looking to be a game changer in terms of its impact on voice and data communications. Read more

The Rainbows & Unicorns of Mobile Design & Development

3 Challenges You Must Overcome to Optimize Mobile Apps Across Platforms Read more

The Amazing Software Scorecard

What's stopping you from getting amazing software out the door? Read more

The UXcellence Continuum

Are you Unenlightened or Celestial? Great UX design can give your company a competitive advantage. Read more

Developers are from Vulcan – Designers are from Wonderland – An audio podcast

SIGN UP to listen to a new exclusive edition of Macadamian's 'UnSalted' audio podcast Read more

3 Recurring Themes from UXCamp Ottawa III

Looking back at the 3 major themes discussed at UXCamp Ottawa Read more

Part 4: The Competitive Advantage of Using User Experience

Looking at companies in the awakening stage of implementing user experience Read more

Part 3: The Competitive Advantage of Using User Experience

Discussing a company in the awakening stage Read more

Part 2: The Competitive Advantage of Using User Experience

Stage one is about the unenlightened Read more

Part 1: The Competitive Advantage of Using User Experience

Introducing the five steps to using user experience to design Read more

4 HTML 5 Frameworks you Need to Know About

There are 4 excellent HTML5 frameworks that can simplify the process of using HTML5 and reduce cross-platform and cross-browser issues. Read more

Do Your Homework Before Porting an iOS app to Android

With the rise of Android’s popularity, product managers with an existing iPhone or iPad product are under pressure to port it to Android. Read more

7 Key Android Concepts

Although the Android platform is open and customizable, Android users have become accustomed to constructs developed by Google for Android devices. Read more

Feature Prioritization Using the Four Quadrant Matrix

A guest post by By Brian Lawley, CEO & Founder, 280 Group. Read more

What Are Patient Demographics?

The definition of patient demographics starts to get polluted with items such as patient and emergency contact information and patient medical record data. There is a very good reason for this concept drift. Read more

Building Cross-Platform Mobile Apps – When to Build a Native App

Sometimes, a native application is the best choice for your mobile app. Read more

Detecting Mobile Browser Properties with CSS3 Media Queries

How to use a new feature of CSS3 to detect device properties and better tailor your mobile web apps to specific devices. Read more

Developing Successful Healthcare Software: An Introduction

An introduction to our practical guide on Healthcare software design and architecture. Read more

Sample CCR and CCD XML files

You bought the official CCD standards document, you have a grasp on what the different is between a ClinicalDocument, a StructuredBody and a CCD Component, and now it's time to put it into practice in an XML file. Read more

Android – Theming the Unthemable

How to them the background of the Android options menu items Read more