Verizon and Duke University announced this week a multi-year strategic agreement for research and development on health information technology (HIT) initiatives. The first projects could focus on mobile health applications and consumer health care education.
Verizon will contribute the necessary computing infrastructure and handle operations for the projects. The telecom will also provide some of the technical expertise. Duke will provide the personnel, mostly research and product management experts, along with relevant intellectual property and related research resources.
The program will also include an internship program for Duke University students who will be placed in positions at Verizon to work with teams on developing these health IT initiatives.
“The ties between academia and technology companies run long and deep, and this collaboration underscores Verizon’s commitment to enabling the transformation of U.S. health care delivery through the common-sense application of health IT,” stated Dr. Peter Tippett, vice president of Verizon Connected Healthcare Solutions in a press release. “Leveraging Duke’s renowned research capabilities will help Verizon’s technical staff identify and deploy technologies that are needed to advance U.S. health care in a sustainable manner.”
Dr. Tippett told MobiHealthNews last year that by the end of 2010 Verizon expected to be ready to facilitate exchanges for mobile health applications via its HIE. Verizon Healthcare recently added smartphone and tablet support to their Verizon Universal Identity Services for Healthcare offering.
“This strategic agreement with Verizon offers great promise to serve as an agent of positive change in the U.S. health care delivery market,” stated Kevin Schulman, health sector management program director at Duke University, in a press release. “By tapping into Verizon’s leading technology resources and applying Duke’s research expertise, both organizations will be able to closely collaborate to explore how we can collectively unleash the powerful potential of health information technology.”
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