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In 2018 HTC approached the State of Oregon with a proposal to conduct a broad-based feasibility study throughout 2019 to validate and/or provide direction for the potential service model and future development of a Health Technology focused “Inventor Space”.

The final report can be downloaded here:

Download only the executive summary here:

What is the “Inventor Space” concept?

The HTC Inventor Space is envisioned as a lab-like atmosphere where digital health innovators, students, grad students, and entrepreneurs will bring their ideas, creations or prototypes to engage in iterative and collaborative development.  The lab will offer personal expertise, software tools, refinement capabilities, testing, and fast prototype turn-around which will ultimately decrease the time between iterations, ensure compatibility with standards, allowing for cross-platform device checking, and graphical/human interface validation.

The Inventor Space has the potential to provide local, industrial quality prototyping and development capability (3D printing), access to digital device compatibility testing equipment (mobile phones, handhelds, laptops), infrastructure services (internet, web/cloud), and collaboration hardware (interactive whiteboard/video).  

We are building a 1/6 scale prototype of the concept in Beaverton Oregon in 2019. It is located in a convenient and secure environment which was designed to foster collaboration, encouragement, and productivity. We’re located right off of the light rail in the Round in Beaverton, Oregon.

What is the Feasibility Study?

At a high level, we are going to create a secondary landscape report of the healthcare technology ecosystem in Oregon, conduct primary research through group dialog sessions, and individual interviews, with thought leaders throughout the state of Oregon. We are also creating a 1/10 scale (by square foot) functioning prototype of the Inventor Space, and we will conduct tours of the space throughout the second and third quarter of 2019.

Based on the analysis of the research and the feedback from all of the interactions, the HTC team will detail the feasibility of the original vision and create a service design blueprint for optimal future space including a detailed execution plan for the final report which will be made available early to all participants in the study.

Our Appeal to Respondents for Participation

In order for the study to accurately measure the viability of a potential digital health inventor space, the feasibility study team needs to incorporate the input from key stakeholder communities. To accomplish this goal, the HTC team has commenced a round of interviews with leaders in each several targeted stakeholder categories. Based on the feedback from these stakeholder leaders, we will expand our stakeholder constituency lists with still broader interviewing/surveying efforts.