Citation: Swist T, Collin P, Lewis J, et al. A digital innovation typology: Navigating the complexity of emerging technologies to negotiate health systems research with young people. DIGITAL HEALTH. 2023;9. doi:10.1177/20552076231212286



This study aims to explore young people's perspectives of emerging technologies and health systems research in an adolescent health community of practice.


The context of this integrated knowledge translation study is the Wellbeing Health & Youth Centre of Research Excellence in Adolescent Health. A theory-building, non-systematic review was conducted to examine the concepts and interrelationships of emerging technologies associated with digital innovation and health systems. This typology informed the design of an online workshop with young people to explore their views, concerns, and ideas about health systems research.


A digital innovation typology was identified to differentiate and explain emerging technology concepts and interrelationships that can be applied to the health systems context. Aligned with this typology, youth perspectives about digital health challenges and opportunities were identified to support future research, policy, and practice.


The integrated findings from this study can assist the navigation of complex emerging technologies, and the negotiation of equitable health systems research, between youth and adult stakeholders. Further, with these typology-related resources, mutual learning and the public involvement of young people in health systems research and priority setting agendas can be supported.

About The Authors


Dr Teresa Swist is Research Fellow at the Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney Universi...


Philippa Collin is a Professor at the Institute for Culture and Society at Western Sydney University...


John Lewis

He/him/they   John studies a bachelor of business (Human Resource Management) at Western Sydn...


Dr Sharon Medlow is a Senior Research Fellow in the Discipline of Child and Adolescent Health at the...


Dr Ian Williams is a postdoctoral research fellow within the Children and Young People’s Research Pr...


Cristyn Davies is a Research Fellow in the Discipline of Child and Adolescent Health, University of ...


Kate Steinbeck is an endocrinologist and adolescent physician, and Professor and Medical Foundation ...