ASSIST Center partners on virtual incubator to advance remote care

The Advanced Self-Powered Systems of Integrated Sensors and Technologies (ASSIST) Center led by NC State has partnered with Digital Health Institute for Transformation (DHIT) to launch a virtual crowdsourced incubator that will serve as an innovation engine for advanced remote care by sourcing ideas from the ecosystem and providing resources to advance them from inception to implementation.

The program, COVID-19 Unites Us All, will consist of a biweekly webinar series featuring panels of thought leaders in digital health, as well as an Innovation Sprint. By using a collaboration platform, Crowdicity, the Innovation Sprint aims to crowdsource ideas from participants and bring them through the vetting process so that the most promising can advance from ideation, to validation and ultimately to commercialization. The program will host these panels and collect ideas through July 2020, then proceed with idea selection and resources for acceleration.

“The time is now to accelerate innovation in remote care through crowdsourced ideas,” says Michael Levy, president of DHIT and co-host of the webinar series. “Great ideas abound, and this program will serve as a vehicle to incubate innovation throughout the crisis and beyond. Prominent digital health organizations are continuing to sign up to support this effort.”

Adam Curry, director of the Innovation Ecosystem at ASSIST and co-host of the webinar, says, “The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated that reliable sources of personal health data are critical to informing effective public health decisions. We are, therefore, excited to be working with DHIT to gather thought leaders in research, wearable health technologies, health care and public health for in-depth explorations of this topic. We also look forward to working with DHIT and other partners to advance new technologies that can address critical health challenges.”

DHIT is a 501(c)(3) non-profit education and research institute supporting communities through the process of digital health transformation. DHIT collaborates with leading academic institutions, associations and industry to cultivate talent and ecosystems with its immersive learning platform, harnessing real-world experiences that drive the adoption of next generation skills, emerging technologies and mindsets needed to foster the digital health leaders and innovators of the future, today. For more information, visit dhitglobal.org.

ASSIST develops leading-edge systems for high-value applications such as healthcare and IoT by integrating fundamental advances in energy harvesting, low-power electronics, and sensors with a focus on usability and actionable data. For more information, visit assistcenter.org.

The first webinar of this partnership series will launch on May 15 at 9 a.m. EDT and feature a showcase of self-powered and low-powered wearable health sensor technologies from the ASSIST Center. You may register for free using this link.