NIH announces mHealth grant

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The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has released a grant 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,” the notice stated.

According to NIH, mHealth tools may facilitate timely and effective patient-provider communication through education communication around goal setting, treatment reminders, feedback on patient progress and may improve health outcomes.

The announcement is set to encourage the development, testing and comparative effective analysis of interventions utilizing mHealth technologies in underserved populations, NIH said.

Budgets for direct costs are up to $50,000 per year with a maximum of $100,000 direct costs over a two-year period. The earliest submission date is Sept. 16 with a deadline of Oct. 16.

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