Alicanto Learning System

Alicanto is a social learning platform developed by Yuri Quintana that supports online communities of practice and the learning health system. 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 seamless experience. Alicanto Circle

Alicanto Cloud is Developed by the Division of Clinical Informatics at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Alicanto is an online collaboration platform used to share knowledge and best practices. Harvard hospitals and MIT are using Alicanto to share best practices with global learning communities. Alicanto is being used at BIDMC for cancer clinical collaborations across an extensive hospital network

Alicanto has tools to support group collaboration, such as web conferencing, document sharing, and discussion forums. Alicanto has tools for managing clinical trials and clinical practice guidelines and an online consultation system for virtual tumor boards and patient referrals.

Alicanto has learning management to share educational content such as videos, images, animations, interactive simulations, documents, podcasts, and structured courses with pre-and post-course quizzes. Administrators can control content to viewable without login, or only for registered users, or restricted to users in an Alicanto group. Users can add comments and questions on online educational content. Content is classified by topic and competencies. Videos can have transcripts in multiple languages. The Alicanto courses can have quizzes, evaluation surveys, and certificates of completion, including CME certificates and e-commerce for paid courses.

Alicanto can integrate into external systems such as databases, applications, and authentication services to create a seamless environment for collaboration communities. For more information on Alicanto Cloud visit or contact Yuri Quintana, Ph.D., Chief, Division of Clinical Informatics, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, email:

Alicanto Use Cases




  1. MADCaP Team. Effective Project Management of a Pan-African Cancer Research Network: Men of African Descent and Carcinoma of the  Prostate (MADCaP). J Glob Oncol. 2018 Sep;(4):1-12.
  2. Henao J, Quintana Y, Safran C. Alicanto Online Latin American Maternal Informatics Community of Practice. Stud Health Technol Inform. 2019 Aug 21;264:1676-1677. doi: 10.3233/SHTI190592. PubMed PMID: 31438288
  3. Henao J, Quintana Y, Safran C. An Informatics Framework for Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Monitoring. Stud Health Technol Inform. 2019;257:157-162. PubMed PMID: 30741189
  4. Quintana, Y. Challenges to Implementation of Global Translational Collaboration Platforms. MOJ Proteom Bioinform. 2015;2(6):65. PubMed PMID: 26798845
  5. 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.