One morning, you come into work to find a red light blinking on your phone console. You listen to the message. It’s someone from outside industry, asking you a few questions. As the message comes to a close, you consider your next step.
While there are many types of scenarios and questions you may be asked, below are a few best practices as well as some expert advice for when outside industry solicits your advice in the digital health field.
A company emails or cold calls you and asks for you to give feedback on an idea for a product or to review a product.
- Protect your own intellectual capital
- Consulting services should not typically be provided for free
- Use proper Massachusetts General Hospital or Mass General Brigham channels, which may include Mass General Brigham’s Office for Interactions with Industry (OII) and/or your supervisor
- Successful relationships start by establishing some degree of trust that each side will act in good faith. Don’t keep yourself from ever starting for fear that someone may take your great idea. Consider signing a mutual non-disclosure agreement (NDA) to protect each other’s’ interests
- Ask the question, does this industry partner offer something of significant value that you cannot otherwise achieve? It is important to consider working with industry partners that complement your skills rather than overlap with them
- Mass General Brigham OII has helpful language and contract templates such as an NDA to make formalized conversations low friction
- When engaging with industry, try to avoid getting into a high friction situation too soon. There are many projects, products and companies in the digital health field
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