NIH’s National Institute of Nursing Research and National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering are looking to fund a few good mHealth tools for the treatment and self-management of chronic diseases in underserved populations. Here’s what they said on the matter:
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.
The number of awards is contingent on NIH appropriations and the number of “meritorious” applications. The maximum project period is five years, and the earliest date for submission of applications is May 5.
Among the topics the Institute of Nursing Research is looking to fund are applications that improve patient-provider communications, improve adherence to treatment, provide effective self-management, and provide effective use of mHealth technologies in underserved populations. For its part, the Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering is supporting R&D of new imaging and bioengineering technologies.