An Innovation Center for Digital Health

A partnership between Samsung and UCSF opens up opportunities to validate promising sensors and analytics for next-generation digital health solutions

Electronics giant Samsung and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) are to establish a new digital health innovation lab. To be located in UCSF’s Mission Bay campus in San Francisco, the lab will employ leading researchers and technologists to develop exciting new mobile health technologies; and it will be a test-bed where entrepreneurs and innovators can validate their technologies and accelerate the adoption of new sensors, algorithms and preventive health solutions.

“Harnessing new preventative health technologies to help people live healthier lives is the next great opportunity of our generation,” says Young Sohn, president and chief strategy officer of Samsung Electronics. “We invite the world’s innovators and entrepreneurs to join us.”

The mobile health field is rapidly evolving. Advances in technologies such as wearable computing, health sensors, and cloud-based analytics promise to help people take control of their own health and to improve the quality of life for millions of people. However, without systematic, rigorous validation of these technologies, mobile health will struggle to achieve its potential and gain widespread adoption by consumers and healthcare professionals.

“There are many new sensors and devices coming onto the market for consumers, but without medical validation, most of these will have limited impacts on health,” says Michael Blum, UCSF’s associate vice chancellor for Informatics. “Meanwhile, many practitioners also have creative ideas for new devices, but they lack the technological knowledge to fully develop them. This partnership will bring together these two very different worlds of expertise with the resources needed to accelerate new and disruptive technologies that will truly change lives.”

The Digital Health Innovation Lab is part of Samsung’s efforts to partner with leading global healthcare institutions to validate next-generation preventative health technologies. It also reflects a strategic goal of the UCSF Office of Innovation, Technology and Alliances to forge innovative industry partnerships that advance its work at the forefront of health and medicine. To learn more about digital health, visit the Digital Health Pavilion, Booth #5837.

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