Alicanto Social Learning


Alicanto™ is a social learning platform developed by Yuri Quintana that supports online learning communities supported by multimedia content, courses and online groups. The system is in use on the OPENPediatrics ( website for global pediatrics and the MADCaP network ( cancer education and clinical collaborations. The system includes support for an online multimedia library that can accommodate video from multiple sources, images and animations, documents, interactive medical calculators, and can integrate with LTI-compliant online learning tools. The site also supports self-paced online courses incorporating materials from the site library and quizzes with multiple choice, true/false and other question types. The system also supports the creation of public and private groups, with document sharing, threaded discussion and video chat. Alicanto will support the vision of a learning system that connects online education, consultation and care coordination. Alicanto is named after the mythical Chilean bird that glows golden and helps miners out of mine shafts. Healthcare today is a maze of silos of data and systems. Alicanto aims to bring data and communications integration into a seemless exprerience.


  1. Quintana Y, Safran C. eCare at a Distance: Opportunities and Challenges. Research on the use of Information and Communication Technologies in Brazilian health facilities - Health ICT 2014. Pgs 167-177. August 20, 2015.

Previous Work:

  1. Richardson, S., Banks, M.S., Kettinger, W., and Quintana, Y.  IT and Agility in the Social Enterprise: A Case Study of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s ‘Cure4Kids’ IT-Platform for International Outreach. Journal of the Association of Information Systems. 2014: 15(1), pp 1-32.   
  2. Santiago TC, Jenkins JJ, Pedrosa F, Billups C, Quintana Y, Ribeiro RC, Qaddoumi I. Improving the histopathologic diagnosis of pediatric malignancies in a low-resource setting by combining focused training and telepathology strategies. Pediatric Blood Cancer. 2012 Feb 7.
  3. AlFaar A, Kamal S, Abouelnaga S, Greene W, Quintana Y, Ribeiro R, Qaddoumi I. International Telepharmacy Education: Another Venue to Improve Cancer Care in the Developing World. Telemedicine and e-Health. 2012 Jul-Aug;18(6):470-4.
  4. May D, Quintana Y, Chantada G, Ribeiro R. Developing Oncopedia: Creating and Editing an Online Collaborative Educational Resource for a Global Audience, Science Editor, Council of Science Editor, May – June 2009, Vol 32, No 3, pp. 75-77.