Digital Health @ HSL

The Health Sciences Library and Research Hub provides digital health services to the UNC community to support innovative research, education, and clinical care. We support the use of hardware, software, and data to improve health. Our work in digital health is strongly connected to the Carolina Digital Health Research Initiative (CaDHRI), which is a partnership with UNC Health Care/School of Medicine’s Center for Health Innovation.

Digital Health Device Collection

We have the world’s first and foremost collection of digital health devices available for checkout! The collection includes devices that track activity, posture, breath, vitals, vision, sleep, air quality, and more. We also hold bi-weekly office hours where you can come talk with us in person to learn about the collection and how you can use it in your work. Please visit our devices page for more information, or contact




The Health Sciences Library offers consultations and demonstrations of Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality (AR/VR) and their use in health education, research, and clinical care. To schedule a consultation or demo, please email

Our partner libraries on campus provide students, staff, and faculty access to VR hardware and software. Find out more information on their services by visiting

Are you interested in learning more about AR/VR research and activities around campus? Join the UNC AR/VR Interest Group to learn of the latest events and connect with people across campus! Visit or email to join the group’s listserv.


We maintain some mHealth guides, as well as resources for digital health researchers.


We offer consultations with researchers, faculty, and staff who are interested in using apps or devices in their work. If you’d like to set up a meeting, please email

Events & Outreach

Throughout the year we hold a series of events and workshops related to digital health. You can learn about upcoming events by joining the CaDHRI listserv. Also, check out our list of past events and the HSL’s Digital Health YouTube playlist for videos of past digital health speakers.

Graph showing the growth of digital health articles published in PubMed since 1945

Graph showing the growth of digital health articles published in PubMed since 1945.

What is digital health?

We define digital health as including mHealth (mobile health applications), wearable devices, wireless health, sensors, digital medical devices, connected health solutions, and self-tracking systems. Digital health is closely connected to personalized medicine, e-patients (electronically engaged patients), the use of personal health records, electronic medical records, big data in healthcare, and gamification. (See Paul Sonnier’s Digital Health Definition)

Last modified: 03/09/18
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