FSU Faculty of Nursing to launch Institute on Digital Well being and Innovation, assist remedy ‘real-world wants’

FSU Faculty of Nursing to launch Institute on Digital Well being and Innovation, assist remedy ‘real-world wants’

FSU Faculty of Nursing to launch Institute on Digital Well being and Innovation, assist remedy ‘real-world wants’
Lisa Hightow-Weidman, founding director of the Institute on Digital Well being and Innovation, and Kathryn Muessig, founding affiliate director of the institute.

Two just lately employed college members within the Faculty of Nursing are losing no time making their mark at Florida State College, increasing the school’s footprint via the creation of a brand new institute centered on the intersection of digital innovation, massive information and well being care.

Lisa Hightow-Weidman and Kathryn Muessig — esteemed digital well being specialists whom FSU employed from the College of North Carolina at Chapel Hill — have created the Institute on Digital Well being and Innovation.

The institute, a part of the Faculty of Nursing, will emphasize using digital instruments in well being training, messaging and therapy; encourage collaboration and innovation throughout the college and well being care trade; and supply coaching for college kids and postdoctoral fellows via analysis.

Hightow-Weidman will function founding director and Muessig as founding affiliate director.

“This institute will carry collectively and foster collaborations throughout a number of numerous teams, together with educational, group and trade stakeholders,” Hightow-Weidman mentioned. “And what the institute can provide hopefully is to create an ecosystem to facilitate the development of rigorous, translational analysis centered on fixing real-world wants of sufferers and that in the end profit well being care programs and communities.”

The initiative corresponds with FSU’s development in well being care-related analysis and education schemes. Florida State College has been constructing out its well being analysis portfolio whereas pursuing partnerships with main well being care entities all through North Florida, together with Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare, HCA Florida and the Mayo Clinic.

The Institute on Digital Well being and Innovation will play a significant function in furthering these efforts whereas offering vital coaching alternatives for college kids.

“There are some nice researchers within the Faculty of Nursing who’ve thought loads about digital applied sciences and well being training and the way you employ that to the good thing about sufferers,” Muessig mentioned.

She famous considered one of her first conversations with Jing Wang, dean of the Faculty of Nursing and mentioned: “One of many issues that I actually appreciated listening to was her imaginative and prescient for coaching via analysis – hands-on experiential studying for college kids to enrich what they’re doing within the classroom.”

Hightow-Weidman started her function as a distinguished and endowed McKenzie Professor within the Faculty of Nursing in early October. Muessig will begin her function as a Faculty of Nursing professor on Dec. 1.

“Analysis on the Institute on Digital Well being and Innovation will promote equitable care that makes use of novel digital options, fulfilling the Faculty of Nursing’s mission to boldly sort out challenges in how well being care employees ship the most effective care to sufferers,” Wang mentioned. “This initiative can even present extra coaching alternatives for college kids and can foster collaboration and innovation throughout campus to influence the whole well being care ecosystem in Florida, nationally and globally.”

Wang additionally famous the school’s give attention to know-how to boost using human contact – she calls it the “excessive human contact” – and improve nurses’ time at sufferers’ beside.

“One well being fairness emphasis of the digital well being strategy we anchored right here at FSU is the tech-empowered excessive human contact strategy to interact not solely the rich who want superior know-how, but in addition those that lack entry to or desire the excessive human contact over tech options,” she mentioned. “This will significantly profit the ever-increasing retiree/growing older inhabitants within the state of Florida.”

She referred to as the strategy “our tenet and our lens leveraging digital well being options.”

Hightow-Weidman is an internationally famend knowledgeable within the growth, implementation and analysis of digital well being interventions to deal with the HIV Care Continuum for adolescents and younger adults. She has been on the forefront of translating evidence-based science into digital purposes, particularly via the inclusion of game-based components, self-monitoring and monitoring and provision of help to extend engagement and influence well being habits.

Muessig has centered on prevention and care of HIV and different sexually transmitted infections within the U.S., China and South Africa. She develops interventions combining digital well being instruments, behavior-change methods and well being programs navigation to lower HIV transmission and enhance well being look after folks residing with HIV.

Collectively, they’ve garnered over $100 million in funding from the Nationwide Institutes of Well being and Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention (CDC). They purpose to rapidly construct on that, together with for the Institute on Digital Well being and Innovation.

The founders touted their initiative for its promise of a team-based heart that collaborates and conjures up analysis that results in prognosis, prevention and therapy of illness.

“It’s been thrilling to satisfy folks at FSU who’re working in several areas of digital well being, coming at it from completely different approaches, various kinds of applied sciences, wearable gadgets, areas that we’ve got been considering however haven’t had the chance to collaborate and see the place that may take us,” Muessig mentioned.

The institute additionally will present sensible expertise to college students who may apply analysis and a digital well being strategy to careers in, for instance, well being care, public service or academia.

“Getting began in analysis may be intimidating,” Hightow-Weidman mentioned. “My hope for the institute can be to create area for individuals who may need thought of analysis, have an amazing concept, however possibly aren’t positive how you can get began or may benefit from further coaching, mentorship or networking alternatives.”

She added: “We’re actually enthusiastic about what the following few years will carry and might’t consider anywhere extra suited to launch this new endeavor than FSU.”