Advancing evidence-based digital health through an innovative research environment: an academic-industry collaboration case report
The proliferation of technology enthuses clinicians, researchers, and entrepreneurs to revolutionize health care and care delivery. Intersecting in the field of digital health, academic-industry collaboration (AIC) play a critical role in advancing evidence-based innovations into real world application. AIC models vary, but historically have not included the strong emphasis on rapid research and discovery that the digital health field demands. Due to the voluminous availability of real time patient and client data, academic health centers offer a rich interdisciplinary environment to develop, pilot and evaluate innovations in pragmatic settings. Despite the opportunity between academic health centers and industry to advance digital health innovation through rapid research, limited evidence exists of such collaboration. The purpose of this case report is to examine an AIC facilitating research of new health technologies within an academic health center. This paper presents a case report involving collaboration between diverse technology industry partners and an academic health center that encompasses a university health system (UCHealth), a university technology transfer office (CU Innovations), an innovation center (CARE Innovation Center), and research collaborators (mHealth Impact Laboratory). Case assertions discuss the lessons learned and recommendations when implementing such collaboration in practice. The principal finding is that academic health centers offer an innovative environment for AIC in digital health. Collaborations between academia and industry provide much promise in ensuring health innovations are scientifically sound while meeting the needs of a rapidly evolving technical climate.