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MEDIA ALERT - February 26, 2015: USC Digital Health Innovation Lab to Improve Healthcare

Press Release
CONTACT: George Tolomiczenko (HTE@USC) - tolomicz@usc.edu or 323-774-1442; Prashant Samant (D-Health Lab) - pssamant@gmail.com or 650-274-3033
February 25, 2015 —


Join us in Ronald Tutor Hall - Ming Hsieh Boardroom (3710 S. McClintock Ave, Dean's Boardroom - RTH 526, Los Angeles, CA 90089) on Thursday, February 26th at 9:30 AM to celebrate the launch of D-Health, a new lab created for digital innovation by USC’s Health, Technology, and Engineering Program (HTE@USC). The D-Health Lab was created to improve the link between the technology talent needed to address health care IT issues and the growing market for solutions.

D-Health provides a tailored, rapid prototyping and testing environment for the USC entrepreneurship community and will support teams of innovators drawn from across the USC community. Teams will address healthcare needs by creating promising new applications and devices that connect with hospital data and systems. Through partnerships across settings in the USC Health System including Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Keck Medical Center, and Los Angeles County Medical Center, D-Health is designed to promote rapid innovation in healthcare technology by addressing challenges posed by clinicians, caregivers and administrators across USC healthcare delivery settings. In 2013, while testing the effectiveness of the D-Health prototyping and testing environment, D-Health founders were able to prototype four apps, secured pilot project start dates and successfully completed an HTE project called “Empath.” All of this was done in less than half the 12- to 18-month R&D cycle typical in healthcare IT software development.

“As in other industries, digital innovation has the promise of dramatically increasing efficiency and the quality of care hospitals can provide,” says Jared Goodner, one of D-Health’s founders. “Unlike other industries, however, healthcare innovators deal with unique challenges that prevent them from cost effectively testing the outcomes of their ideas in real hospital environments. That’s where D-Health comes in.”

D-Health has linked with over 50 mentors, administrators and cutting edge technologists to offer USC students and faculty a platform for validating their ideas. The D-Health lab founders credit the establishment of D-Health to the vision of modern healthcare laid out by the leaders of the Keck School of Medicine, Viterbi School of Engineering, and the USC Health System.

“The D-Health team got a tremendous boost from hospital leadership across the USC Healthcare system. Coupled with the learn-by-doing approach of the HTE program and their recent collaboration with Y Combinator, they’re unstoppable.” – As Dr. George Tolomiczenko, HTE@USC Administrative Director describes their journey.

You are welcome to joining our list of interested students and faculty. Our aim is to scale this program in collaboration with interested members from USC’s ecosystem of innovation programs.

About the USC Viterbi School of Engineering
Engineering Studies began at the University of Southern California in 1905. Nearly a century later, the Viterbi School of Engineering received a naming gift in 2004 from alumnus Andrew J. Viterbi, inventor of the Viterbi algorithm now key to cell phone technology and numerous data applications. Consistently ranked among the top graduate programs in the world, the school enrolls more than 6,500 undergraduate and graduate students, taught by 180 tenured and tenure-track faculty, with 62 endowed chairs and professorships.http://viterbi.usc.edu

George Tolomiczenko (HTE@USC) - tolomicz@usc.edu or 323-774-1442
Prashant Samant (D-Health Lab) - pssamant@gmail.com or 650-274-3033