Center for Innovation and Technology in Public Health

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CITPH promotes improved quality of health care, reductions in costs, and improved access to public health services through technology-enabled health solutions.  CITPH is engaged in research, demonstrations, program evaluation, and dissemination of its findings for practice improvement and informing public policy.  CITPH studies and evaluates patient-centered, technology-enabled health care innovations that improve population health, represent cost-effective solutions in low resource settings, and can be deployed on a large scale to drive real systems change. 


Active Projects

Reducing Rehospitalizations Through Innovative Technologies That Improve Care Coordination

This project builds a library of resources that enables service delivery organizations to: 1) select the appropriate technologies to support delivery of integrated care and reduce preventable hospital readmissions; 2) understand the impact of business models and incentive structures on technology adoption and financial performance; and 3) develop strategies for deploying and sustaining technological innovations to transform care delivery.


A National Evaluation of Text4baby

Mathematica Policy Research and PHI are jointly conducting an evaluation of the text-based messaging service text4baby among low-income, underserved women. The evaluation assesses changes in knowledge, health behaviors and use of recommended clinical services among those subscribing to the text-based messaging service. The study also assesses the implementation of text4baby and the potential for taking this and similar mobile health programs to scale.

Completed Projects

Mobile Health Fellowship to Advance Health Systems Transformation

Fellows participate in mobile health (mHealth) initiatives at PHI and the Center for Innovation and Technology in Public Health so they can develop the skills, contacts and resources to design and implement new mHealth interventions.

Safety Net Transformation Through Patient Engagement Using mHealth

This project will conduct a landscape analysis through key informant interviews and a survey of U.S. safety net providers on the current state of mobile health (mHealth) practice to address the needs of vulnerable populations, specifically mobile solutions that engage patients in their own care. The analysis will identify opportunities to advance mHealth solutions at scale to reduce health disparities. 

Advanced Care Innovation Program

The Allen Temple Baptist Church has received a planning grant from the California HealthCare Foundation to develop a program strategy and evaluation design for their advanced care innovation program. 

Listening to Communities

To improve the design and utilization of technology-enabled solutions (primarily mobile and app-based technologies) for vulnerable populations, this project will develop web-based vignettes of maternal/child health-related technology access and utilization through PHI’s HealthData+ platform with information gathered through Bay Area-based focus groups.

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