Web application used in a clinical trial
University of Sydney - G-MEDSS©

University of Sydney G-MEDSS platform Marlin Communications


Three years ago, University of Sydney and Marlin (formerly Leafcutter) worked together to develop G-MEDSS© – a new digital platform that allows for better medication management for older people with and without dementia. 

This sophisticated online tool captures de-identified medication/medical data (from software back-end) to enable pharmacists to manage high risk medications for their patients, and guide the recommendations for quality use of medicines. 

After successfully trialing the tool in clinical practice, University of Sydney returned to Marlin when they were ready to disseminate it for use by a wide range of healthcare practitioners.


A web application for the administration of medicine.


A responsive, easy to use web platform for health practitioners

The Challenge

We had already designed and built a sophisticated, intuitive custom web application (CCDSS) that complemented a pharmacists usual work flow with simplicity in mind. With its ability to extrapolate useful analytics, the tool had proven to be effective and useful. 

Now the challenge was to enhance the platform further so that it could be easily used by a wide range of health practitioners.

The Solution

The key functions of G-MEDSS© includes:

  • Responsive web app with optimal user experience across all devices and all screen resolutions
  • Various complex risk assessment measures
  • Secured login access with admin functionality & multi user logins
  • Offline mode to allow users to access remotely during home visits
  • Ability to de-identified medication/medical data from the backend for data analysis
  • Generates customised reports in PDF format to allow the output of reports with different fields and information to suit users

In our latest updates, the various complex risk assessment measures have been separated to accommodate separate reporting for different practitioners. Taking on user feedback, we also updated various tools for practitioners.

New pages were added, including a registration page which allows secure login access for Australian practitioners in clinical practice only.  An informative, customer-facing landing page was also created to provide the public with more information about G-MEDSS© and the research involved in developing these online tools.

University of Sydney G-MEDSS platform Marlin Communications
University of Sydney GMEDSS platform Marlin Communications
University of Sydney GMEDSS Marlin Communications

The Results

The creation of G-MEDSS© as an MPV has enabled the research team at University of Sydney test their hypothesis about bringing research tools online for a better management of medication by practitioners and ultimately a better quality use of medicines by people with cognitive and related functional decline. 

Now with the third iteration of the platform, health practitioners have the ability to use the tool to make decisions based on quantitative results and communicate them clearly to the referring general practitioner and the consumer.

Exciting times lie ahead for the research team as they expand G-MEDSS© further into hospitals, residential aged care settings, and the community.

University of Sydney GMEDSS Marlin Communications
University of Sydney GMEDSS Marlin Communications

Wrapping up

Do you have an hypothesis you want to test? You can combine your expertise in your field with our technical thinking to build an online platform that will bring your experiment to life.

“The expertise Marlin has in solving complex healthcare issues was very impressive and will progress forward with modern IT solutions in health care. It’s all about going from bench to bedside in science… if Marlin didn’t help us with creating a user friendly software then we will have nothing to go forward with.”

Dr Lisa Kouladjian O’DonnellSydney University
Marlin Communications Australia

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