The Centre for Medical Evidence, Decision Integrity, Clinical Impact (MEDICI) was established in 2011 within the Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Medicine with support from the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry at Western University, London Health Sciences Centre, St. Joseph's Health Care London, and Lawson Research. MEDICI was the first hospital-based health technology assessment program in Ontario. MEDICI worked closely with regional hospitals, the Ministry of Health and Long-term Care, and national Health Technology Assessment networks to answer high-priority healthcare questions based on evidence the unique context of each healthcare setting. MEDICI’s focus then expanded to encompass global healthcare priorities.
In 2014, MEDICI was commissioned by the World Health Organization (WHO) to lead guideline development for providing safe surgical and anesthesia care in the context of Ebola Virus Disease. In 2016, MEDICI Received official designation as a WHO Collaborating Centre for Global Surgery, Anesthesia and Perioperative Care, with the mandate to lead evidence synthesis and knowledge translation related to surgery, anesthesia, and perioperative medicine to support decision-making in developing and developed countries. MEDICI participates closely with the GlobalSurg Collaborative Perioperative Working Group (UK), and serves as the Canadian Lead for the COVIDSurg Collaborative. MEDICI works with the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (WFSA) to produce research in support of anesthesia patient safety. Learn more about MEDICI Partnerships.