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News Release - Innovative technology group Elentra grows to become first-ever Queen’s University -owned corporation

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Kingston— Today, Queen’s University announces the launch of Elentra Corp, an integrated teaching and learning platform that is transforming health sciences education.

Elentra was developed by a team of software developers in the Queen’s School of Medicine’s IT department in collaboration with an international consortium of 20 medical schools. Elentra Corp is the first-ever Queen’s owned and controlled corporation. Based in Kingston, Ontario, the corporation now employs 17 people in the region.  

Originally intended as tool to organize data around the stringent requirements for the Queen’s School of Medicine’s accreditation process, the Elentra platform has matured into a solution that addresses the academic needs of health sciences programs including curriculum mapping, assessment and evaluation,  competency based education (CBE) and online exam delivery. Elentra now serves more than 30 institutions in Canada, the United States, Singapore and the Middle East.

From its inception, the idea of a customized platform that would meet the specific needs of a medical school – built by a medical school – was unprecedented. As new features were added, medical schools from across North America began showing an interest in Queen’s innovative solution. The decision was made to leverage the benefits of working with other institutions to develop the platform collaboratively through a consortium model. Features developed by one institution would be shared with all other schools in the consortium to be improved upon. This unique model, which still exists today, allows Elentra to constantly adapt and grow.

Because the needs of medical schools aren’t that different from those of other health professions programs, over time, Elentra began to expand its offering. Today, Elentra can serve the needs of rehabilitation therapy, nursing, pharmacology, dentistry, and several other programs in the health sciences.

As a world-class education technology solution, Elentra has an unparalleled ability to capture data and facilitate administrative and academic decision-making. At the same time, the user experience, has always been a core priority, which has led to the creation of interfaces that are not only simple and intuitive, but that enhance the training of the health professional students who use it.

By the summer of 2020, with 30 institutions worldwide already part of the Elentra community, including more than half of the medical schools in Canada, the next step for the platform was clear. In order for Queen’s to leverage the increasing demand and continue its growth, Elentra needed to be commercialized.  In December 2020, the Queen’s Board of Trustees gave its approval for the launch of Elentra Corp. 

Moving forward, Queen’s University will work collaboratively with Elentra Corp to ensure that Elentra becomes the leading platform globally for the delivery of health professional education.

 

Quotes

“Elentra’s commercialization is a wonderful example of the university’s ability to cultivate innovation and drive change in post-secondary education.”

-Patrick Deane, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Queen’s University

 

“I am really proud of the team at the Faculty of Health Sciences that has worked so hard to bring Elentra to where it is today. The launch of Elentra Corp. is an exciting new step that will allow Elentra to accelerate its mandate to serve health professions education around the world. My sincere congratulations to everyone at Queen’s who played a part in Elentra’s success.”

- Jane Philpott, Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences

 

“Elentra’s responsiveness was put to the test with the need for live remote proctoring at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our schools needed to quickly pivot to offer remote live proctored exams to their students, and Elentra developed a solution in a matter of weeks that was immediately made available to all of Elentra’s users.”

“Our team has a deep understanding of the needs of health professions programs – we live and breathe this and are passionate about this space. Universities often struggle to develop and mature software, so the fact that we have been able to create something so impressive that institutions are lining up to use is something I am very proud of. Compared to an off-the-shelf learning management system or other offerings in this space, Elentra offers a level of customization that is unparalleled. I am incredibly excited to continue to ensure Elentra becomes the leading platform for delivering health sciences education as we continue to disrupt the health sciences education market.”

- Andrew Dos-Santos, Elentra's President and CEO

 

Background

Created as a custom-built solution by the Queen’s School of Medicine, the Elentra platform has matured into a solution that is in use by numerous medical and health science schools worldwide. On December 22, 2020, the business was incorporated by Queen’s University.

The Elentra software platform was initially created in 2004 to support the university’s medical education delivery mission. In 2008, Queen’s created the Elentra Consortium to allow other institutions to jointly develop the platform. In the context of limited resources, this innovative model reduced the costs of developing the platform while accelerating its utility for medical schools. As founding participants, the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary and David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA were instrumental in helping to form the Elentra Consortium. Today, the Elentra Consortium is a tight-knit community of 20 institutions representing a variety of health professions.

Elentra has grown to become an integrated teaching and learning platform that supports learners, educators, and curriculum managers in their interaction with and management of information within a unified online environment. This growth has resulted in the creation of a second stream of Elentra institutions, Elentra Cloud. Cloud customers pay to purchase Elentra as a hosted Software as a Service (SaaS) solution with the option of custom development done by Elentra Cloud.

In 2016, the functionality of Elentra was dramatically expanded to facilitate the implementation of Competency Based Medical Education (CBME) across 29 specialties in the School of Medicine. Designed to meet the stringent yet continuously changing requirements of health profession programs, Elentra is positioned to serve the needs of health professional institutions worldwide as trends in education evolve.

Between 2019 and 2020, 10 institutions signed on to Elentra Cloud, pushing Elentra’s total global user base to over 30 institutions across Canada, the United States, the Middle-East and Singapore.

The corporation is now based in Kingston, Ontario, employing 17 staff members.

 

 

 

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Media Contact

Jennifer Valberg
Director of Communications
Faculty of Health Sciences
jdv@queensu.ca
343-363-1926

 

 

 

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