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Henry Ford system to create digital health incubator with William Davidson Foundation grant


By Tom Henderson, Crain's Detroit Business
Posted: January 23, 2014 - 1:00 pm ET
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The Henry Ford Health System has been awarded a $3 million, three-year grant from the William Davidson Foundation to establish the William Davidson Center for Entrepreneurs in Digital Health.

The Davidson Center hopes to bring together innovators, educators, and corporate partners from around the world to create new technologies and companies focused on the intersection of healthcare and information technology.

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It will be housed in the Henry Ford Innovation Institute, which was launched to commercialize medical innovation in 2011 in the former Education Building, an Albert Kahn-designed building on the hospital system's main campus.

"One of our main goals is to generate digital health solutions that transform medicine," said Mark Coticchia, vice president and chief innovation officer of the health system, in a news release. "We are developing the next generation of precision digital applications and platforms, and validating their clinical functionality and value."

Another goal of the grant will be to establish an educational curriculum that integrates entrepreneurship, healthcare, and digital technologies, with programs to be created for Henry Ford physicians and staff, medical residents, and middle and high school students in the community.

"We're excited by the prospects of this program to bring about transformational benefits to the community, something Mr. Davidson always valued in his philanthropic giving," said Jonathan Aaron, president of William Davidson Foundation, referring to the longtime Detroit area businessman who died in 2009.

"$3M from William Davidson Foundation will create digital health incubator at Henry Ford Health System" originally appeared in Crain's Detroit Business.


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