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Health Innovation and Transformation Center

Health care is going through an upheaval that will see it move from a transactional model that fixes people when they are sick to managing care for the population. The Health Innovation and Transformation (HIT) Center brings together our history of innovation with the disruptive opportunities afforded by technology, creativity, and the needs of Mississippians with our numerous health challenges. 

The center's mission is to advance UMMC’s education, research, and health care missions by supporting and encouraging innovations from UMMC faculty, staff, students and the broader Mississippi innovation community. The HIT Center also sources innovative solutions to health challenges faced in Mississippi from all over the world.

The HIT Center is set to be a catalyst and conduit for innovative solutions that will provide tangible benefit to the health care provided by UMMC and the overall health of Mississippians.


  • Improve UMMC’s capacity to support health innovation throughout Mississippi by improving processes for technology transfer, piloting products and ideas, and performing quality evaluation.
  • Spark an innovative culture throughout all three missions at UMMC and across the state by encouraging discovery and innovation through education, programs, incentives, and promoting early successes.
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the health and health care issues faced in Mississippi and the capacity for Mississippi to support health care innovation by engaging with local and statewide health programs and partners. Community outreach will also be critical for the HIT Center to support UMMC’s objective to improve the health of Mississippians. According to the CDC:
    • We know that poverty limits access to healthy foods and safe neighborhoods and that more education is a predictor of better health. We also know that differences in health are striking in communities with poor SDOH [Social Determinants of Health] such as unstable housing, low income, unsafe neighborhoods, or substandard education. By applying what we know about SDOH, we can not only improve individual and population health but also advance health equity.
  • Develop and discover impactful, implementable, innovative solutions to these challenges.

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