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Digital Health (dHealth) encompasses everything from healthcare IT to Mobile Health. Mobile Health (mHealth) refers more specifically to the use of mobile communication devices (phones, iPads, etc) in conjunction with biosensors and/or internet and social media to improve and manage health.
UCSF Digital Health Group
This informal working group aims to:
- Provide a unified approach, architecture, online branding, and technical services for developing digital health applications at UCSF
- Lay the foundation and facilitate the development of creative digital applications for our patients for both health-related, research, and training purposes
Join the Digital Health Group
Send an email to join the Digital Health Group (leave the subject line of the email blank).
- You'll receive announcements about activity in the Digital Health field at UCSF and beyond.
- Direct questions to Aenor Sawyer
- Tip: to identify yourself as a researcher in the Digital Health field, use the term "Digital Health" in the overview or interests section on your UCSF Profiles page. Potential collaborators will then be able to find you by searching with keyword "Digital Health". Many researchers also identify themselves with the terms "Mobile Health" or "mHealth."
The UCSF Resource Allocation Program (RAP) provides intramural funding for Digital Health research:
- Catalyst Awards for the Development of Diagnostics, Devices, Therapeutics and Digital Health
Learn more | Apply
- Previous Digital Health Awardees
- Tips for Applying for RAP Digital Health Funding (Word 15KB)
Join the UCSF Digital Health Group to receive announcements of extramural Digital Health funding opportunities.
Digital Health Consultation Service
Get expert advice from UCSF faculty that will guide you in the development of your Digital Health research project:
- Current trends & design ideas in health apps
- Advice on technical issues (e.g., privacy, connectivity to EHRs)
- Evaluation methods
- Usage patterns of mobile technology (e.g., digital divide)
- Referral to technical and legal services
UCSF & UC Resources
- Center for Digital Health Innovation: Focus on digital technology development and the creation of technology platforms for precision medicine
- SOM Technology Services: Design, discovery, and agile development
- Video presentations on digital health:
- Ida Sim, PhD, MD — Data Integration and Interoperability: Why Is It So Darned Hard?
- Ida Sim, PhD, MD — Electronic Health Records: Not the Center of the IT Universe
- Danielle Schlosser, PhD — PRIME: A Mobile App for Improving Quality of Life in Schizophrenia
- Timothy Hoffman, CISSP, ISP, GCIH, CIEH — IT Security is Everyone's Responsibility
- Office of Innovation, Technology & Alliances (ITA): Intellectual property (IP) management services to help you commercialize and build your ideas in digital health
- Protection of your ideas via patents and copyright IP oversight
- Marketing your ideas to relevant companies
- Commercialization of your ideas through Technology Licensing agreements
- Contract negotiation
- Alliance and partnership management
- Referral to external business partners
- Developer partnerships for mHealth and eHealth applications
- Venture capital and angel funding opportunities
- Assistance with technology spin-outs
- Campus signature authority for sponsored research and licensing agreements
- Please contact Tuhin Sunha with questions
- Quantitative Image Processing Center in the Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging: Mobile application development and deployment support; expertise in database-backed application development and prototype production on iOS.
- Rosenman Institute: Initiative to drive medical device innovation at UCSF and improve patient care by supporting promising entrepreneurs to develop technologies from concept to commercialization.
- Telemedicine: Learn about UCSF's progress in the electronic exchange of medical information
- Campus License Income Distribution Plans for Unpatented Software
and Publications Distributed as Apps (pdf 30KB)
For more information, contact Joel Kirschbaum
- Health Technology Interest Group at UCSF: brings together members of the UCSF community who share interests in health technology, informatics, and entrepreneurship. Contact them if you have a summer research internship opportunity.
- Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS): UC organization that creates information technology solutions for pressing social, environmental, and health care problems.
- Android Developers Meetup Groups: developers may be willing to do a free mockup
- TechShop: a membership-based workshop that provides members with access to tools and equipment, instruction, and community support
- HealthIT.gov: The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) hosts a roundtable with the public, industry, and subject matter experts to discuss how to better safeguard health information while using mobile devices
- The Entrepreneur & the FDA: Good high-level overview of FDA regulation and oversight of mobile health (courtesy of Rock Health)
- openFDA: designed to make it easier for web developers, researchers, and the public to access large, important public health datasets collected by the agency
- FDA Mobile Medical Applications Final Guidance: supports innovation while protecting consumer safety (pdf 269KB)
- Journal of Medical Internet Research
- Mobile Health Technology Evaluation: Helpful methods paper from the 2011 mHealth Evidence Workshop
- mHealth Evidence: an online reference tool designed to help researchers quickly locate literature demonstrating the feasibility, usability and efficacy of mobile technologies in healthcare