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Software in Healthcare - My Co-op Experience with CognisantMD.

September 9, 2022


This blog post is dedicated to my summer, co-op internship at CognisantMD - a leading provider of EMR-integrated patient engagement solutions based in Toronto, ON. I functioned as part of the Developer team as a Software Engineer, working under the ever-so accomplished director of R&D, Jonathan Fishbein.

About CognisantMD

CognisantMD is committed to improving healthcare through its cloud-based platform, Ocean. This product allows patients and healthcare providers to securely share health information for clinical use, administration, referrals, and research. By adding Ocean Tablets, Ocean Online Messages, and their large library of forms and patient questionnaires to existing Electronic Medical Records, the Ocean Platform provides a powerful way to digitally connect patients, primary care, specialists, and more.


Job Description

As a Software Engineer, I worked on full-stack features for their Ocean Platform using Vue and Java Spring. This included designing, developing, collaborating, and testing the feature throughout our three-week sprints. Projects were nothing short of exciting, with every task presenting a new challenge and room to improve my skills. Of the many assignments, the one I enjoyed, in particular, was our collaborated development of the FHIR API: a standard for exchanging healthcare information.

Impact and influence is something that many organisations strive for; CognisantMD was no different. Interning here exposed me to new design patterns, technology, and innovation. I practiced peer-review, test automation, and pair-programming alongside several dedicated, hilarious, and clever developers.


Summer 2022 Goals

Improve my understanding of Java Spring and MongoDB

Gain experience using Vue.js

Adopt an agile software development cycle


CognisantMD is as much a family as it is a company. Collaborating with talented individuals - all with the shared goal to better patient charting and clinical decision support through EMR-integrated solutions. They showed me that designing software is more than just its specs, it is also about the intention. A fantastic experience no amount of words can illustrate.


Among the numerous acknowledgements, I would want to express my gratitude to CognisandMD’s VP of R&D and Director of R&D, Greg Taylor and Jonathan Fishbein, for taking a chance with me as their summer intern. They welcomed me into CognisantMD, guided me through my internship, introduced me to the development process, and helped me realize my potential. My heartiest thanks go to them and the co-developers I worked with along the way! 👋😄