New initiative boosts digital health research at UNC

The UNC Center for Innovation has launched a new initiative to promote the innovative use of digital health solutions to solve patient-centered health problems.

The newly established Carolina Digital Health Research Initiative, a partnership between the UNC Center for Innovation and the Health Science Library, will serve as a hub for the digital health community at UNC, supporting research efforts by faculty, providers, and students.

The initiative, which received the UNC Center for Innovation’s 2016 Innovation Pilot Award, is led by co-investigators Carlton Moore, MD, associate professor of medicine, and Brian Moynihan, MBA, head of health IT initiative, Health Science Library.

“Digital Health is a growing field that will touch all areas of health care and improve patient care,” Moynihan said. “The Carolina Digital Health Research Initiative is poised to make UNC a leader in the field by catalyzing innovative digital health research.”

The effort will enable the innovative use of digital health solutions in health research, and seeks to expand and connect the digital health community at UNC. It supports digital health researchers by offering digital health devices, expert consultation, and opportunities for device and mobile health app testing. The Digital Health Research Initiative also offers opportunities to learn more about digital health and digital health research. The initiative will host seminars and a series of five digital health workshops, including workshops on digital health research in the UNC research context, devices, data management, app and API development, and agile science methodology in digital health research.

If you are a UNC School of Medicine researcher interested in learning more, please contact digitalhealth@unc.edu or visit http://digitalhealth.web.unc.edu/.