NIH/AHRQ grant funding programs related to mHealth demonstrate growing emphasis on connected health

May 1, 2014 | Reply More

Several new funding opportunities related to mHealth were recently added to the National Institutes for Health website.  The grants for mHealth research vary both in focus and award amount, with one grant having an unlimited budget (the award will reflect the needs of the proposed project). As connected health technologies continue to demonstrate their ability to to improve wellness and cost effective health care and outcomes, mHealth funding will continue to grow.

An excerpted funding opportunity purpose for a grant offered by the NIH reflects this growth:

“The purpose of this initiative is to stimulate research utilizing Mobile Health (mHealth) tools aimed at the improvement of effective patient–provider communication, adherence to treatment and self-management of chronic diseases in underserved populations. With the rapid expansion of cellular networks and substantial advancements in Smartphone technologies, it is now possible – and affordable – to transmit patient data digitally from remote areas to specialists in urban areas, receive real-time feedback, and capture that consultation in a database. These mHealth tools, therefore, may facilitate more timely and effective patient-provider communication through education communication around goal setting, treatment reminders, feedback on patient progress and may improve health outcomes. This announcement encourages the development, testing and comparative effective analysis of interventions utilizing mHealth technologies. There is also an interest in studying mHealth technologies in underserved populations.”

Full list here: http://1.usa.gov/1n8bg8n

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