Stanford University announced the launch this week of a new Center for Digital Health that will work on accelerating research & partnering with industry to disseminate best practices.

Not surprisingly, Stanford has been one of the most active academic centers in digital health. Among other things, they’ve worked with Google on their Baseline Project, partnered with GE to launch Evidation Health, and launched one of the first medical apps using Apple’s ResearchKitMyHeart Counts.

Stanford’s Center for Digital Health will facilitate collaborations with digital health companies, promote research on digital health technology, and help educate clinicians on how to develop, test, and utilize these emerging tools.

According to Dr. Sumbul Desai, the Center’s Executive Director, the idea grew out of the recognition that a lot of Stanford faculty members were already being frequently approached by digital health companies to collaborate. One area the Center for Digital Health will focus on is further growing and developing those partnerships.

Research efforts will be led by Dr. Mintu Turakhia, who will help direct efforts to provide everything from basic technology assessments to large multi-center studies.

The Center for Digital Health is also offering a seed grant to test innovative uses of the Apple Watch in healthcare. That grant will come with $10,000 and up to 1,000 Apple Watches.

Source: Stanford Medicine