Elentra Corp. becomes first-ever Queen’s University owned corporation

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Queen’s University has announced the launch of Elentra Corp, an integrated teaching and learning platform that the university said 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, according to a release from Queen’s University, dated Tuesday, Apr. 20, 2021. Elentra Corp is the first-ever Queen’s owned and controlled corporation. Based here in Kingston, the corporation now employs 17 people in the region.  

Originally developed as a tool to organize data around the stringent requirements for the Queen’s School of Medicine’s accreditation process, Queen’s said 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.

“Elentra’s responsiveness was put to the test with the need for live remote proctoring at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Andrew Dos-Santos, Elentra’s President and CEO. “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.”

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, according to the University. As new features were added, medical schools from across North America began showing an interest in Queen’s innovative solution, the University said. 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.

“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,” said Dr. Jane Philpott, Dean of Faculty of Health Sciences at Queen’s University. “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.”

As a world-class education technology solution, Elentra has an unparalleled ability to capture data and facilitate administrative and academic decision-making, Queen’s said. 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 also 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, the University said.

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