We are DHIT.

A non-profit education and research institute supporting communities through the process of digital health transformation. We collaborate with leading academic institutions, associations, and industry to cultivate talent and ecosystems with our immersive learning platform, harnessing real-world experiences that drive the adoption of next generation skills, capabilities and mindsets needed to foster the digital health leaders and innovators of the future, today.


We make a positive impact by creating the environment for Open Innovation to flourish and driving the development of transformative digital health solutions.


Michael Levy

Michael Levy


Michael is a passionate healthcare executive turned digital health evangelist and entrepreneur. In addition to co-founding Bluedoor, Michael has served as Entrepreneur-in-Residence for the Center for Health Innovation at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he has designed and developed their Digital Health Program in support of UNC’s Digital Transformation strategy. Prior to Bluedoor and UNC, Michael was Co-founder and COO of Digital Therapy, a cognitive computing platform powered by IBM Watson in the behavioral health space. His previous leadership roles include Vice Chair of Administration for the Department of Medicine at the University of Miami Health System, engineering a $15 million turnaround within his first year; and Director of Clinical Operations for UNC Health Care’s specialty ambulatory clinics where continued growth and expansion were achieved. Michael also held several leadership roles at UCLA Health within various clinical departments. He has a BSc in Neuroscience from Tulane University in New Orleans and an MBA from Elon University in North Carolina.

Lee Phillips

Lee Phillips

Chief Program Officer

Lee is a seasoned innovator and strategist with more than 25 years’ experience in Europe, the US and Asian markets. He has previously worked in senior management roles for global brands including Vodafone and Harrods, and has led creative agencies in Tokyo and London. For the last 12 years he has specialized in the health sector, leading branding and consumer product innovation projects for organizations including US healthcare giant Humana, global telehealth-care company Tunstall, and major US health systems. Lee is an expert in consumer engagement and behavior change marketing, and pioneered population health management strategies in the UK’s NHS. In addition to co-founding Bluedoor, he is a Co-founder and Fellow of The Institute of Healthcare Design Thinking. Lee holds a BA and MA in Oriental Studies from Cambridge University, UK.

Keith Duprey

Keith Duprey

VP, Strategic Partnerships

Keith is passionate about marketing strategy. He sees opportunities where most see problems and is constantly advocating for customer experience while collecting valuable data along the way. His love of customers, brands, data and marketing began in college – receiving his degree in Marketing from SMU in Dallas, TX; Keith went on to work with higher education brands the University of South Carolina and Emory University’s Goizueta School of Business; cutting his teeth on database and loyalty marketing at Delta Air Lines; working to manage new product development, relationship marketing and innovation at Turner; growing share of Interface’s modular carpet business in key priority segments of corporate, education, healthcare, and multifamily; and now shifting his career to digital health products and services that will lead to empowering patients and providers with better data leading to better health outcomes.

Tony Solari

Tony Solari

VP, Government Relations

Tony is a legislative affairs and public policy expert with over 20 years of experience representing state agencies, non-profit and for-profit organizations at the NC General Assembly and previously at the Executive Branch and regulatory agencies. Tony served for eight years as Director of Government Relations and Senior Policy Adviser to State Treasurer Janet Cowell, and nine years as Director of Government Relations and Senior Policy Adviser to North Carolina’s Smart Start program. In 2012, Tony was listed as being one of the most influential lobbyists by the North Carolina Center for Nonprofits. Tony’s areas of expertise include digital and public health policy, public pension funds, public sector investing, public debt issuance and management, and economic development. Tony has extensive grassroots lobbying experience and has worked in over a dozen states managing grassroots advocacy campaigns and fostering collaboration on a variety of policy issues. Tony is a graduate of Rutgers University and holds both a Masters degree and PhD in political science from Duke University. Tony teaches courses in public policy, American political thought, American government, and legislative policy and process at NC State University. Tony was a Robert R. Wilson Fellow at Duke University and the winner of the 2012 “Spirit of Inquiry” award from the Art Pope Center.

Alexandra Fleming

Alexandra Fleming

Director, Events Management

A creative thinker with a solid business and finance background, strong analytical skills and a proven track record in strategic business development.

Brian Cooper

Brian Cooper

Director, Grant Development
With a career spanning from academic medical centers to oversight of government programs, Brian Cooper is a seasoned leader of statewide initiatives with a particular emphasis on telehealth programs. Brian is an advocate for rural and underserved communities and he is passionate about the use of digital health to impact access to care, clinical pathways, wellness, and the human condition. His previous roles have involved program management, strategic planning, partnership development, grant funding, and execution of complex workplans. His work with the North Carolina Statewide Telepsychiatry Program and the North Carolina Flex Program has achieved national attention from the White House Rural Council, the National Governors Association (NGA), the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA), and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO). Brian’s previous roles at UNC Health Care, Duke Health, Ciox Health, and the North Carolina Office of Rural Health have established him as a telehealth subject matter expert and thought leader. He regularly serves in an advisory role to organizations wishing to redesign healthcare delivery, including the Mid-Atlantic Telehealth Resource Center, the North Carolina Healthcare Information & Communications Alliance (NCHICA), and the North Carolina Rural Health Leadership Alliance.


Following on from our inaugural white paper on The State of Digital Health in the Triangle, DHIT is embarking on a research study to benchmark consumer digital health adoption across North Carolina. This study will highlight key challenges, gaps and opportunities from a healthcare consumer and provider perspective and map out what is required to elevate the region into a leadership position for digital health.


This popular series of events takes place on the third Wednesday of every month and brings together entrepreneurs and ecosystem partners to connect and debate the future of digital health and provide guidance, mentorship and practical support to the digital health start-up community. REGISTER


Impact Sprints offer an ideal framework for connecting diverse stakeholders from the healthcare, technology, investor, research, business and entrepreneurial communities to tackle real-world problems in healthcare and create a pipeline of innovation. UNC Center for Health Innovation has already hosted two successful Sprints backed by industry partners including AARP, Becton Dickinson, Lowe’s, and Carol Woods.


DHIT will be hosting a Digital Health Summit in November 2018, which will involve key stakeholders from across the Digital Health ecosystem with the goal of reimagining healthcare delivery through the lens of digital health.


One of the first DHIT collaborations saw the NSF ASSIST Center at NC State University bring together digital health experts from across the Triangle to support the US Department of Defense in a Warfighter Wellbeing Workshop tasked with optimizing the performance and wellbeing of our troops, using physical, behavioral, and environmental digital health technologies.


Facilitating and streamlining relationships between the Triangle’s robust student talent pool and our industry members is critical to DHIT’s mission. Student Interns and experienced Fellows with a diverse array of skills and subject matter expertise will be matched with member organizations based on their various needs.

Interested? Let’s talk!