What is CREATE-BEST?
The NSERC CREATE funded “Biomedical Engineering Smartphone Training” program (CREATE-BEST) provides professional training and practical employment-ready skills to engineering graduate students to meet the needs of the growing mHealth marketplace and enable innovation. mHealth is the practice of clinical healthcare and public health supported by mobile devices, which includes mobile device applications for collecting community and clinical health data; healthcare information delivery to practitioners, researchers, and patients; real-time patient monitoring; and direct provision of care via mobile technology.
The potential types of mHealth applications are wide ranging, from digital epidemiology to monitoring patient gait. With proper design, the app becomes an information and communication bridge that serves to close the gap between the home and the clinic, granting more freedom to patients, lower costs to the healthcare system, and gapless health monitoring for clinicians.
Three universities collaborate in CREATE-BEST.
Who can join us?
Undergraduate, Masters, PhD, and Post-Doctoral Fellows in Engineering, Computer Science, Science, or health related disciplines can join CREATE-BEST.
How long is the training period?
MSc students: 2 years
PhD students: 4 years
Post-Doctoral Fellows: 2 years
Interested in participating in the program?
Create mHealth smartphone apps from A to Z.
Design and implement validation methods that conform with healthcare ethics boards.
Identify a commercialization pathway to bring a mHealth app to the appropriate market.
Share your results and ideas with multidisciplinary audiences, researchers, industry, patients and end-users, etc.
The CREATE-BEST program enhances graduate student training by providing employment ready skills and knowledge to meet the needs of the growing mHealth marketplace. The program provides essential learning opportunities for app creation, oral and written communication, collaboration and teamwork, ethics, regulatory systems, project management and adaptability, entrepreneurship, clinical experiences, and industry internship opportunities.
For example, job shadowing placements immerse the student in the user environment, thereby strengthening a student's understanding of "real world" clinical environments and mHealth needs as they work with healthcare professionals and observe interactions with their patients.
The Pitch-an-App event enables students to strengthen their communication skills as they identify and articulate key messages to an audience of experts, industry, multidisciplinary clinicians, and non-specialists.
The Design Sprint hones the student's ability for team work, project management, and adapting app designs to end-user needs (based on knowledge gained while job-shadowing).
Traditional internships further a student's understanding of the work-place, technical skill requirements, team work, and interpersonal skills required for success.
Department Chair and Professor of Mechanical Engineering
- Mathematical modeling and methods
Associate Dean and Professor in the Department of Systems and Computer Engineering
- Biomedical signal quality analysis
- Signal processing methods
- Biomedical monitoring
- Accessibility and disability
Associate Professor in the Department of Systems and Computer Engineering
- Bioinformatics, proteomics, and prediction of protein structure, function, interaction, and post-translational modification
- Machine intelligence, pattern classification, data mining
- Development of novel assistive technology and devices
Associate Professor in the School of Information Technology and Engineering
- Biomedical measurements and instrumentation
- Reconfigurable embedded systems
- Smart sensors networks
Professor, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
- Technologies to enhance mobility for people with physical disabilities
- Wearable technologies to improve mobility assessment and outcome measurement
- Biomechanical investigation of pathological human movement
Vice-Dean Graduate Studies for the Faculty of Engineering
- Model-driven data integration and mobile app development to support business processes and performance management.
- Decision support, quality assurance and privacy, service oriented architecture, cloud computing, complex event processing
Abdulmotaleb El Saddik
Professor at the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and University Research Chair in Ambient Interactive Media and Communications
- Service-oriented architectures
- Collaborative environments
- Ambient interactive media and communications
Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health and CIHR Applied Public Health Chair eHealth Interventions
- Informatics of public health surveillance
- Detecting disease cases automatically from electronic health records
- Detecting epidemics rapidly from multiple data streams
Professor, Department of Medicine and Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health
- Identifying modifiable determinants of adverse events and improved health outcomes
- Developing and evaluating computer-enabled interventions to address these determinants
- Developing and evaluating novel surveillance systems
Hussein Al Osman
Associate Professor at the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
- Affective Computing
- Human Computer Interaction
- Serious Games
- Multimedia Systems
Student Member of Program Committee
Learn more about the program.
News & Events
The 2020 User Interface (UI) design workshop! The objective of this workshop is to introduce students to the basics of User Interface (UI) design and evaluation. The students will learn about the iterative nature of UI design and importance of prototyping. They will design a UI using a prototyping tool and evaluate each other’s designs. Read more about User Interface Design Workshop[…]
CREATE-BEST and the MDII are pleased to invite you to the upcoming session of a series of seminars/webinars on the workday of a healthcare / public health professional. During each of these sessions, we invite a guest from the healthcare / public health sector and conduct a live interview with them. We will ask about their Read more about A day in the life of: Innovation Consultant at Innovia Technology[…]
About CREATE-BEST and the Medical Devices Innovation Institute (MDII) are pleased to invite you to the 3nd annual research poster day, taking place on November 13, 2019. This gathering is a great opportunity for students, researchers and industry in the areas of eHealth, mHealth, well-being and medical devices to interact and learn about each others Read more about MDII & CREATE-BEST Research Poster Day 2019[…]
In collaboration with CREATE-READi, we are pleased to invite you to our annual talk and discussion on Healthcare Research Ethics. This workshop will introduce you to the ethics principles and requirements of healthcare, thereby preparing you for future work with patients and healthcare consumers. The regulatory systems topic will be presented by experts with experience navigating Read more about Healthcare Research Ethics Workshop[…]
CREATE-BEST and the MDII are pleased to invite you to the upcoming session of a series of seminars/webinars on the workday of a healthcare / public health professional. During each of these sessions, we invite a guest from the healthcare / public health sector and conduct a live interview with them. We will ask about their Read more about A day in the life of: Director, Innovation and Development at Bruyère[…]
CREATE-BEST is pleased to invite you to the Mobile App Development Bootcamp! a full-day workshop for programming beginners to get into the mobile app design world! About The Basic Mobile App Development course targets participants that have basic experience in programming. You will learn about the basics of Android App development, using built-in sensors, and Read more about Beginner App Development Bootcamp (2019)[…]
Do you know the basics of Android programming, and want to take it to the next level? Do you want to make more advanced and professional Android apps? Then, this bootcamp is for you! About This advanced mobile app development bootcamp is tailored specifically for those who have experience with android programming, and would like Read more about Advanced App Development Bootcamp (2019)[…]
May 01, 15, & 31: Hacking Health Ottawa! Hacking Health is back this year with a series of events leading to the 2019 Hackathon! The Health Innovation Program is a series of digital health workshops that build up to the Hacking Health Ottawa 3-day hackathon. The aim is to transform healthcare by connecting healthcare professionals with designers, developers, Read more about #HIP613 Hacking Health[…]
The 2019 mHealth Regulation and Compliance Workshop! The objective of this workshop is to introduce students to the basics of regulation and compliance needed to launch a mHealth product. The purpose of this workshop is to bridge the knowledge gap students from non-health sciences background may have while making healthcare engineering solutions and to empower Read more about mHealth Regulation & Compliances Workshop[…]
The 2019 mHealth Ecosystems Workshop! The objective of this workshop is to introduce students to the basics of healthcare and public health ecosystems. The purpose of this workshop is to bridge the knowledge gap students from non-health sciences background may have while making healthcare engineering solutions and to empower them with knowledge, toolkits and checklists Read more about mHealth Ecosystems Workshop[…]