Strengthening Partnerships Along the Informatics Innovation Stages and Spaces: Research and Practice Collaboration in Utah

Wu Xu, Warren Pettey, Yarden Livnat, Per Gesteland, Deepthi Rajeev, Jonathan Reid, Matthew Samore, R. Scott Evans, Robert T. Rolfs, Catherine Staes


Collaborate, translate, and impact are key concepts describing the roles and purposes of the research Centers of Excellence (COE) in Public Health Informatics (PHI). Rocky Mountain COE integrated these concepts into a framework of PHI Innovation Space and Stage to guide their collaboration between the University of Utah, Intermountain Healthcare, and Utah Department of Health. Seven research projects are introduced that illustrate the framework and demonstrate how to effectively manage multiple innovations among multiple organizations over a five-year period. A COE is more than an aggregation of distinct research projects over a short time period. The people, partnership, shared vision, and mutual understanding and appreciation developed over a long period of time form the core and foundation for ongoing collaborative innovations and its successes.

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Online Journal of Public Health Informatics * ISSN 1947-2579 *