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Seneca collaborates on cloud system for storing medical info

Seneca student Zak Hassan is one of the CDOT research assistants that worked on the Connected Health and Wellness Project.

Seneca is involved in a collaborative partnership that is aiming to allow people's health information to be easily-accessed from anywhere through a smart phone or laptop.

Sixteen Ontario private sector, academic and not-for-profit research partners have come together for the Connected Health and Wellness Project — a new people-centred and technology-enabled system that will make it possible for patients to keep health information from different hospitals or clinics in one place using cloud-based tools.

The system will help people better manage their own health and wellness and more easily connect with health and wellness professionals. It will also let them decide who they trust to see that information.

The project is being partly funded by the Federal Economic Development Agency and is being spearheaded by York University, NexJ Systems (which specializes in cloud-based software) and McMaster University.

Seneca's involvement in the project has focused on using bluetooth technology to connect medical devices with mobile devices, allowing for data and results to be instantly loaded onto a patient’s phone. Students and faculty from the Centre for Development of Open Technology (CDOT) worked on this aspect of the project, while the Faculty of Communication, Art and Design (FCAD) have developed a series of videos that provide individuals of any age with useful tips and practices to promote and sustain a healthy lifestyle.