Inaugural Digital Health Week Inspires Collaboration Among Healthcare Professionals

October 8, 2018

During the week of September 17, 2018, Duke Mobile App Gateway hosted its inaugural Digital Health Week, designed to intersect Duke professionals in health, technology, business, and the social sciences. Throughout the four-day event, speakers from across the University and Health System presented on topics ranging from entrepreneurship, engineering, the Internet of Things (IoT), and behavioral science.

The inspiration behind Digital Health Week came from the diverse community found at Duke. Although focused in different specialties and disciplines, Duke Health community members can feel united in the shared desire to advance care delivery, improve outcomes, and conduct world-class research.

“Mobile technology and wearables are empowering patients and caregivers with data, and with the introduction of artificial intelligence, virtual reality and telemedicine into the clinician's tool bag, the way we experience healthcare is rapidly changing,” said Kristine Glauber, Program Director for Mobile App Gateway. “The Duke Mobile App Gateway is bringing together people from across Duke Health, and Duke University to share ideas, new findings, best practices, tools, and raise questions about the future of healthcare.”

Throughout the week, attendees heard presentations from Howie Rhee, MBA, Managing Director of Student and Alumni Affairs and Duke Innovation and Entrepreneurship; Nirmish Shah, MD, Pediatric Hematologist and Oncologist, and Health app experimenter; and Aline Holzwarth, MBA, Principal, Center for Advanced Hindsight. Presentations from Lawrence Carin, PhD, Vice Provost for Research, and Gary Bennett, PhD, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, were postponed due to Hurricane Florence and will be rescheduled for Spring 2019.

The intent of the conference was to get Duke Health professionals thinking about the role of technology in the future of healthcare. Looking forward to 2019, the Mobile App Gateway team hopes the event continues to serve as a platform to educate, share findings from cutting-edge research, and map out the landscape of healthcare moving forward.

“Digital health week surpassed our expectations,” said Katie D. McMillan, MPH, associate director for Duke Mobile App Gateway. “It was so exciting to see everyone engaged during the talks, sticking around afterwards to brainstorm, and making new connections across the community. Duke’s leadership in digital health is palpable and will only continue to grow.” 

Learn more about Duke Mobile App Gateway.