• VIATEC posted an article
    Submissions for challenges are now open for Victoria's first ever Health Hackathon see more

    The Victoria Health Hackathon – Call for Challenges!


    The first ever health and regenerative medicine themed Hackathon will take place in Victoria September 28-30, 2018. Health Hackathons are focused events that bring together interdisciplinary teams to develop innovative solutions to front-line healthcare problems. This event is being held with support from the Centre of Biomedical Research at the University of Victoria, the B.C. Regenerative Medicine Initiative, Starfish Medical, and Island Health.

    Call for Challenges: The Hackathon’s organizers are seeking a diverse array of health related challenges that can be addressed by groups of hackers in a one month time period as part of our Hackathon! These challenges can be addressed through a variety of engineering disciplines, including biomedical, electrical, mechanical, and software engineering. See below for the event timeline. Preference will be given to projects with strong in-kind support through either mentorship or donation of supplies or resources. The challenges should be no longer than 750 words in length.

    Please email Stephanie Willerth ( with your potential challenges for consideration with subject line “Health Hackathon Challenge” and you will be notified by mid-August if yours has been selected for the competition. Those wishing to serve as judges or mentors are invited to provide their interest via email as well.

    Deadline for submissions: July 31st, 2018.

    Dates / Format:

    Summer: Hackers, mentors, and judges will be recruited to participate

    September 7: Kick-off, to be held at the University of Victoria, where the challenges will be presented to the hackers, enabling them to create teams. The teams will have until the hacking weekend to think about their approach to challenges. During this period, we will have a team of mentors who will answer questions about the challenges during that time.

    September 28-30: The Hackathon itself will take place at Fort Tectoria, with the solutions being judged on Sunday, and an awards ceremony to follow.

    November 2: A status update on the hacks has been tentatively scheduled during the University of Victoria’s Biomedical Engineering Day on November 2nd, 2018.

    Register: Registration for the Hackathon will open in July


    Still puzzled about what a Hackathon is?  Check out the following links to similar events for inspiration!

    Questions can be directed to Stephanie Willerth (

  • Telmediq posted an article
    Telmediq Ranked No. 1 for Secure Healthcare Communications Platforms by KLAS Research see more

    Healthcare communications company Telmediq has won the prestigious 2018 Category Leader award for Secure Communications Platforms from KLAS, a research and insights firm that gathers data and delivers reports on healthcare technology.

    The award is part of the "2018 Best in KLAS: Software and Services" report, which was released today. Every year, KLAS interviews thousands of healthcare professionals about the products and services their organizations use. The company shares the information online in real time so other providers can benefit from their peers' experience. The "Best in KLAS" report reflects data compiled over the past year.

    Telmediq won the 2018 Category Leader Designation for the Secure Communications Platform market segment. The award recognizes the highest rated company for each category based on live data from the KLAS website. "Category Leader is more than a ranking," says Adam Gale, President of KLAS. "It is a recognition of vendors committed to delivering superior solutions. It gives voice to thousands of providers who are demanding better performance, usability and interoperability in healthcare technology."

    Healthcare organizations rely on Telmediq to help them solve their communications problems while remaining compliant with HIPAA. The company offers a unified communications solution that includes secure messaging, pager replacement, care coordination, alarm management and documentation. On the KLAS website, one chief information officer (CIO) said, "Everyone is quickly catching on to Telmediq. Everybody is demanding it and wants it now … Physicians are raving about it."

    Another CIO noted that "Telmediq is one of the more successful things I have promoted here. Everybody was clamoring for secure texting, but we really needed a platform. I wanted something that was integrated into the workflow, had messaging templates, and automatically populated with things related to the care team and patient location."

    (The above commentary was collected about Telmediq Secure Communications by KLAS in December 2017; visit for a complete view.)

    "We are honored to be considered the top secure communications company in the country," says Ben Moore, CEO and Founder of Telmediq. "We appreciate KLAS' dedication to helping raise the bar, for not only companies like ours, but the industry. KLAS shines a light on both what is working but also areas for needed improvement for all IT solutions across healthcare, and we are honored and excited to achieve the best score in our category."

    About KLAS
    KLAS is a data-driven company on a mission to improve the world's healthcare by enabling provider and payer voices to be heard and counted. Working with thousands of healthcare professionals, KLAS collects insights on software, services and medical equipment to deliver reports, trending data and statistical overviews. KLAS data is accurate, honest and impartial. The research directly reflects the voice of healthcare professionals and acts as a catalyst for improving vendor performance. To learn more about KLAS and the insights it provides, visit

    About Telmediq
    Telmediq is a leader in healthcare communications solutions for large hospital systems and acute-care facilities. Telmediq provides a unified clinical communication platform that integrates more than 20 clinical systems (EHR, scheduling, lab, nurse call) and helps match technology with the way people work. Telmediq provides an integration and consolidation roadmap to reduce software and support costs, improve workflows and provide a single source for analytics, auditing and reporting. Our clients reduce patient wait times, improve patient handover times and improve physicians' work environment.