The University of Colorado Digital Health Consortium Initiative: A Collaborative Model of Education, Research and Service


digital health
health information technology
research and development


This article describes the initiative and actions related to establishing a Digital Health Consortium (DHC) at the University of Colorado Denver. The consortium is a part of the Center for Information Technology Innovation (CITI) in the Business School.  The objective is to augment existing information systems program offerings in health information technology with the support of industry affiliates and other partners of the university.  The CITI-DHC is an industry-academia led initiative with a mission to accelerate digital health transformation through education, research, and service. We illustrate the vision and plan for the consortium, that will be fulfilled with academic and industry stakeholders, and who will be engaged with the platform to support digital health care innovations through collaborations.


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