Health Care Program Wants Your App Ideas

Duke community members can get help creating new technology

Duke community members are invited to share ideas that integrate mobile technology and health care.
Duke community members are invited to share ideas that integrate mobile technology and health care.

Think you’ve got an idea that can help transform health care? The Duke Institute for Health Innovation wants to know more.

In a joint effort with the Office of the Vice Provost for Research, the institute has created the Rapid Health App Prototyping Center, meant as an outlet for Duke community members to share their vision for how technology can improve health care. Students, faculty and staff are invited to use the center as a way to research and pitch health-related mobile apps.

Submissions can range from general ideas to full-fledged proposals shared through this website. Ideas so far have included apps that educate patients on proper times to take medication and connecting wearable devices with technology to better monitor patient pain and gather data post-surgery.

“One of the biggest barriers right now is the cost in time and effort associated with developing an app from the ground up,” said Michael Gao, data scientist with the Duke Institute for Health Innovation. “We want to provide an avenue where we can offer services to see a project through.”

Staff at the Institute for Health Innovation review each submission to vet the viability of an idea. If there is interest, Gao said follow-up meetings would take place to better understand the scope and potential of an app. The project is partnering with Duke computer science students to bring ideas to fruition.

To submit an idea, use this form. For additional information, visit the Rapid Health App Protoyping Center website or email michael.gao@duke.edu.