Creating a Digital Infrastructure

Overview
Brigham Health Information Systems Digital Health Innovation Guide (DHIG) is a resource available to the entire Brigham Health community. DHIG’s goal is to create a single point of entry that efficiently provides IS assistance tailored to an innovator’s needs and ensures innovators are informed of hospital polices and regulations governing digital health innovation. DHIG members are experts in information security, research computing, materials and project management. We utilize a checklist-driven process that includes pre-approved/customizable guardrails and regular check-ins to keep projects on track.

Read the recent academic paper on the DHIG process and effectiveness:
Catalyzing healthcare transformation with digital health: Performance indicators and lessons learned from a Digital Health Innovation Group

Stakeholders
As part of the DHIG process, we bring together a multidisciplinary group of stakeholders on a regular basis to advise each pilot and surface potential blockers early on. This group includes our colleagues from information security, engineering, legal, contracting, and institutional review board—just to name a few.

From the project side, the project lead, clinical and administrative champion, and external vendor/developer present their initiative, and the advisors help them create a roadmap to launch—this is our DHIG checklist.

The DHIG Governance Committee and process reduce risk for both individual projects and for the broader organization, improving the likelihood of success by ensuring that proper approvals and best practices are followed.

Cross-Functional Guidance
Information Security, Partners eCare, Compliance, Biomedical Engineering, IRB, Partners Innovation and other teams

Checklist-Driven Process
Pre-approved/customizable guardrails and regular check-ins keep projects on track